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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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.