More than 50% of kids bullied - survey

Johannesburg - Fifty-seven percent of school children claim they have been bullied at school, a survey revealed on Thursday.

"These statistics reveal a culture of bullying that permeates South African schools," said Shirley Wakefield, of consumer insights company Pondering Panda.

"It is an indictment of our education system that two out of three learners are worried about being bullied at school."

The survey polled 2 064 pupils aged between 13 and 21 and 1 015 family members aged between 18 and 34.

According to the survey, 68% of pupils were worried about being physically assaulted or threatened with a weapon at school.

Seventy-one percent of the females surveyed said they felt threatened, compared to 63% of males.

Sixty-nine percent of young blacks and 54% whites worried about being attacked at school.

Pupils in Limpopo (78%) were most worried about being attacked.

Dangerous weapons in schools was a significant issue for pupils, with 45% believing other pupils brought guns and knives to school with them.

Fifty-two percent of pupils said bullying at their school comprised teasing and insults, while 26% said it was characterised by being pushed, hit or beaten.

The survey also measured incidents of cyber-bullying at schools, with 16% saying being threatened or insulted via cellphones, e-mail or social media was a problem.

Wakefield said: "In the face of dangerous weapons in the classroom and gangs in schools, outside intervention is essential to help address the prevalence of bullying.

"The solution cannot be left to teachers alone; it requires a co-ordinated effort between schools, communities and parents."

Police also needed to play a role and intervene where necessary, she said.

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