The original article was published on News Week on 11 August 2016. Written by Lucy Westcott. To read complete article, click here.

Bullying is a pervasive problem for young people in nine-tenths of communities studied, and physical appearance is cited as the main reason for bullying, according to a new survey. 

Released to coincide with International Youth Day, the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) report found that two-thirds of young people from more than 18 countries say they have been victims of bullying. (A young person is defined in the poll as someone between the ages of 13 and 30 years of age.) Young people from countries including Senegal, Mexico, Ireland, Burkina Faso, Pakistan, Nigeria, Chile, Mozambique, Liberia, Swaziland, Mali, Guinea, Zambia and Indonesia participated in the survey.

Data for the poll was accumulated using U-Report, which via text messages, Facebook and Twitter asked more than 100,000 teens and young adults a series of questions about bullying in their communities, including whether they had personally experienced it and what they think could be done to prevent it. More than eight out of 10 young people polled said raising awareness around bullying, including training teachers on how to help children feel more comfortable reporting incidents, is one way to combat it in schools.

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French high school students attend a labor demonstration in Marseille, France, April 28. JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER/REUTERS
French high school students attend a labor demonstration in Marseille, France, April 28.
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