8 key findings from the new UNESCO report regarding bullying

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) presented the study “Behind the numbers: Ending school violence and bullying”. This publication features an extensive overview of recent evidence regarding school violence and bullying. Said research includes global and regional prevalence and trends. The report also includes evidence from successful national responses to school violence and bullying.

Here are the principal 8 key findings:

  1. Bullying has decreased in almost half of countries and territories, however…
  2. 1 in every 3 students (32%) has been bullied by their peers at school at least once in the last month.
  3. In Europe and North America, psychological bullying is the most common type of bullying.
  4. Boys are more likely to get involved in a physical fight than girls.
  5. Girls are more likely to suffer psychological bullying.
  6. Physical appearance is the most common reason for being bullied.
  7. Race, nationality or skin color are tied as the second most common reasons.
  8. Cyberbullying is a growing problem, it affects as many as 1 in every 10 children.

North America:

  • The overall prevalence of bullying reported in North America is 31.7%, which is close to the global median of 32%.
  • North America is 1 of only 2 regions – sub-Saharan Africa is the other – where girls report a higher prevalence of bullying than boys.

Status of school violence and bullying in North America:


Some countries made considerable progress in reducing school violence and bullying. Here are 2 of the most important key factors that contribute to effective national responses to combat both problems:


  • Implementing school-based programmes and interventions that are based on evidence of effectiveness

Italy, the Netherlands, and Sweden, 3 of the countries where bullying reduced, have taken a clear evidence-based approach, drawing on a systematic evaluation of the effectiveness of existing programmes and interventions. Eldventir SEL Platform is a digital program that promotes an effective social-emotional learning integration in the classroom. Through the development of skills such as empathy, the effective implementation of the program aims to reduce bullying rates in your school.

  • Focus on a safe and positive school and classroom environment

According to the study, a common feature across case study countries is a policy commitment, reflected in implementation at the school level, to promoting a safe and positive school and classroom environment. Eldventir platform develops prosocial behaviors and attitudes that lead to positive relationships and a healthy climate in and outside the classroom.

Here are the key elements to keep an eye on in order to maintain a low prevalence of school violence and bullying, according to UNESCO:

A good strategy for schools to significantly reduce bullying is to complete a comprehensive SEL plan. An easy way to start it is implementing Eldventir Adventures SEL platform. It is easy to use by teachers and counselors, simple to monitor by head administrators and a fun experience that can boost kids’ empathy and other social-emotional skills.

If you are a teacher, counselor or school principal, please contact paula.sanchez@visionaria.com to run a free Empathy pilot within your school community.

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