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Bullying trends in Australia

New research shows that two-thirds of kids experience bullying at some stage of their lives. ABC’s current affairs program for kids Behind the News has surveyed 20,000 Australian children to find out what makes them happy and sad.

According to the results, 70 per cent of children aged eight said they have experienced bullying at some point. Children aged eight to 10 years experienced the greatest amount of bullying. There has been some speculation around why younger children are experiencing more bullying than teens. One reason for this is that there has been an increased awareness of the word ‘bullying’ among children. The side effect to this sort of education is that many children are hyperaware of the word bullying and may in turn label bullying inaccurately, usually referring to bullying when conflict between peers occurs.

Statistics show that as children get older, they tend to worry more. The research shows that 38 per cent of Australians aged 16 feel worried all or most of the time while only 14 per cent of eight year olds feel worried.

Overall, Australian kids worry most about their future with 43% saying this was their biggest concern, closely followed by family concerns, health, friends and body image.

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Written by Shine Lawyers on . Last modified: July 13, 2017.

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