Over half of bullied children became 'depressed due to abuse'

Some 55% of European children who have been bullied admitted to becoming depressed as a result, a wide-ranging survey into the long-term effects of abuse found.

'Far too many' adults not 'taking bullying seriously'

Too many adults are failing to recognise the consequence of bullying because they "don't take it seriously" and still see it as "part of growing up", a charity chief has warned.

Emma-Jane Cross, CEO and founder of Beat Bullying said:

Far too many European citizens still see bullying as part of growing up and don't take it seriously.

This is pushing young people to the brink with some even resorting to harming themselves in order to cope.

How many more children have to tragically lose their lives before these outdated perceptions change?

– Emma-Jane Cross

55% of bullied children 'developed depression'

More than half of children who are the victims of bullying developed depression as a result of the abuse, according to a survey.

Read: Effects of school bullying 'visible nearly four decades later'

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Beat Bullying will be launching an online protest, the Big March, today. Credit: PA

Beat Bullying quizzed 2,000 parents and adults across Europe and found a further 35% of victims began harming themselves and 38% contemplated suicide.

However, the same poll exposed a large minority of adults who consider bullying just part of growing up.

Some 34% thought school yard abuse was inevitable and 16% regarded it as character building.

Read: Surge in online and racist bullying, ChildLine says

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