Bullying. Not so much if you’re rich.

The data

We used data from the School Health Research Network national report for Wales to produce a radial chart data visualisation with a focus on bullying; both regular bullying and cyber bulling. The original data is available in the report here.

We wanted to see if there were any clear patterns emerging from a number of questions on the bullying theme. Radial charts can be useful for comparing different series’ of data. In this case we focussed on comparing the family affluence scale of the young people who answered. The survey included a large proportion of secondary school-aged children in Wales in 2017/18. The young people self-completed the survey.

The infographic

Bulling and family affluence in Wales 2017/18, percentages

The infographic shows that young people who were less affluent (the red line in the radial chart) were more likely to report that they had taken part in bullying or had been bullied. A higher percentage also reported being involved in three or more fights in the last year.

The most striking differences between low, medium and high family affluence was the question to do with being bullied in the last couple of months. The difference between low and high family affluence was ten percentage points (33% for those more affluent compared to 43% for those less affluent).

Interestingly, the figures seem to show that around twice as many young people report being bullied or cyber bullied compared to those who say they have been involved in bullying or cyber bulling.

If you like this, you might be interested in another of our posts on emotional support young people report they have through high school.

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