UNICEF claims two children in every class in Spain are bullying victims

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IN the latest data released by Unicef, 6.9 per cent of school children aged between 12 and 16 have reported suffering harassment through the internet in Spain.

The data also shows that 3.3% of schoolchildren admit to being the perpetrators of “cyberbullying”, with the most likely victims being those with some type of disability, those with a minority sexual orientation, and those from a gypsy or foreign family.

The figures are representative of those who either report or admit to bullying, and so only give an indication of the overall problem, which some groups believe to be spiralling out of control.

Areas, such as Salamanca, are trialling pilot programs of education and awareness, which they see as key to reducing the problem in schools, which will also extend beyond the boundaries of the educational establishments to family members and the local community.

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