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Last Updated: Monday July 27 2009 08:19 GMT

Record number of boys call ChildLine

A crying boy (posed by actor)

The NSPCC children's charity says a record number of boys called ChildLine for help and advice last year.

Advisors spoke to more than 58,000 boys - double the number who rang five years ago - and it seems the top problem they called to talk about was bullying.

Head of ChildLine Sue Minto said: "Boys call because they feel they have no-one to turn to."

In the past, Childline has usually received more calls from girls but say this now seems to be changing.

ChildLine was launched in 1986 to provide young people with free and confidential advice.

It is run by the Nation Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).