Peer violence

Last update: June 2023 | Next update: June 2024

Bullying is a reality for a significant proportion of students around the world

Once children enter school, friendships and interactions with peers take on an increasingly important role in their lives. These relationships have the potential to contribute to a child’s sense of well-being and to social competence, but they are also associated with exposure to new forms of victimization. Although peer violence can take many forms, available data suggest that bullying by schoolmates is by far the most common.

Percentage of youth aged 13 to 15 years who were bullied at least once in the past couple of months, in countries and areas with available data.


For further details, see: A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents, UNICEF, New York, 2017.


Within the multi-faceted area of violence, current monitoring efforts are focused in two areas, each of which has a dedicated page that can be accessed below.