Half of students aged 13 to 15 worldwide – around 150 million – report having experienced peer-to-peer violence in and around school

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, [1] 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.

Key facts

  • Half of students aged 13 to 15 worldwide – around 150 million – report having experienced peer-to-peer violence in and around school [1].
  • Globally, slightly more than 1 in 3 students aged 13-15 experience bullying, and roughly the same proportion are involved in physical fights [1].
  • About 3 in 10 (17 million) young adolescents in 39 countries in Europe and North America admit to bullying others at school [2].

References

[1] For further information on the data and methods of calculation, see United Nations Children’s Fund, An Everyday Lesson: #ENDviolence in schools, UNICEF, New York, 2018.

[2] For further information on the data and methods of calculation, see United Nations Children’s Fund, A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents, UNICEF, New York, 2017.

Methodology

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