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  Quarter of kids are bullied, report claims
Updated 10 October 2003, 18.41
A quarter of kids are bullied, according to a report
A quarter of 10 and 11-year-olds have been bullied, according to a report.

The study, by the Schools Health Education Unit (SHEU) also revealed that 16% of kids in that age group feel nervous about hanging out with other pupils during school breaks because of the threat of being bullied.

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Other findings in the report
28% said they had been scared or upset by an adult stranger
78% said they didn't think they would smoke when they're older
71% said their parents had spoken to them about drugs

Girls were particularly concerned about their appearance, with 16% of them saying they had been picked on because of how they looked.

A SHEU spokesman said it was unacceptable that so many kids were being targeted by bullies.

"It's not about shoving and name-calling. It's often more subtle," he said.

The study also threw up some other interesting statistics.

For example, the number of boys reading in their spare time dropped from 29% to 17% between 1997 and 2002.



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