For the first time, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has released data showing that almost one-third of young teens worldwide have recently experienced bullying.
The new figures are part of the annual UIS data release on progress towards SDG 4, covering 32 global and thematic indicators. The UIS has just updated its global education database for the school year ending in 2017, which includes historical time series, regional averages and indicators on a range of key policy issues related to school access, participation and completion by education level, learning outcomes, equity, teachers and education financing (see our paper on the release).
The new data show that bullying affects children everywhere. It ranges from a low of 7% of all adolescents in Tajikistan to 74% in Samoa and is pervasive across all regions and countries of different income levels. For example, 44% of adolescents in Afghanistan experience bullying, as do 35% of adolescents in Canada, 26% in Tanzania and 24% in Argentina.
The data on bullying were collected from in-school surveys that track the physical and emotional health of youth. The Global School Health Survey (GSHS) focuses on youth aged 13 to 17 years in low-income regions. Similarly, the Health Behavior in School-Age Children (HBSC) targets young people aged 11 to 15 years in 42 countries, primarily in Europe and North America.
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