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Experience of bullying


Being bullied can impact on children and young people's physical and emotional wellbeing, as well as on their relationships.  Persistent bullying can also impact on their ability to achieve at school.  This indicator looks at the proportion of children and young people (aged 12-18 years) who experienced bullying in the last 12 months. 

Bullying in and out of school is experienced by a large proportion of New Zealand children and young people. New Zealand's rates of bullying are among the worst in the OECD. Children and young people with disabilities, and those who are LGBTQIA+ are more likely to experience bullying.

While physical, verbal and social/relational bullying can often be identified where it occurs, cyber bullying can be more covert, and harder to address. Bullying is also an issue experienced in different ways for different individuals. For example, during our engagement on the Strategy, young people who identified as part of the LGBTQI+ community mentioned cyber bullying more frequently than others, while tamariki and rangatahi Māori often linked bullying to racism.

Bullying affects mental wellbeing and has harmful impacts that can continue throughout a person's life.

This indicator relates to the 'accepted, respected and accepted' outcome.

How will we measure this?

  • This indicator will be measured using data from the Youth Health and Wellbeing Survey - 'WhatAboutMe?'
  • Baseline data from the survey is expected in 2021.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 23 July 2020