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Brits are most concerned about their height, weight and hair as 70 PER CENT have experience being bullied

Seven in 10 teenagers and young adults lack confidence in their appearance after being bullied over their height, weight or hair, according to a study.  Research of 1,000 13-25 year-olds found more than half (54 per cent) have been a victim of bullying in the past, while 17 per cent are still experiencing it at […] ...

Seven in 10 teenagers and young adults lack confidence in their appearance after being bullied over their height, weight or hair, according to a study

Research of 1,000 13-25 year-olds found more than half (54 per cent) have been a victim of bullying in the past, while 17 per cent are still experiencing it at the moment.

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More than four in 10 have faced abuse due to their looks while another 37 per cent have suffered taunts about their weight and 27 per cent over their hair.

Of those, 46 per cent were bullied simply because of their hairstyle and another 44 per cent have had comments on the colour.

Others were picked on because of how straight it was (34 per cent) and dandruff (36 per cent).

Worryingly, this abuse ranges from ‘small’ comments (57 per cent) to outright physical attacks (27 per cent) – but much of the bullying now takes place online (31 per cent). 


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The research, commissioned by Head & Shoulders to launch its anti-bullying campaign #Freetheshoulders, also found that as a result of the taunts, almost seven in 10 now lack confidence in their appearance.

And 58 per cent went as far as to say they ‘hate the way they look’. 

Diversity star and Head & Shoulders’ anti-bullying ambassador, Perri Kiely, said: “I was bullied a lot at school because I always stood out as the big hair kid in the glasses. 

“When I joined Diversity, it was still really difficult as now I had millions of eyes on me and with all the incredible fan support I received, I’d also get abusive social posts. 

“I was lucky because I had the support of my group which gave me comfort and confidence.

“It’s important for me to bring awareness to this campaign and empower others to join me in brushing off the negativity. No matter the reason, bullying should never be accepted.”

I was lucky because I had the support of my group which gave me comfort and confidence

Perri Kiely

The study also found that 33 per cent of those who have been bullied have avoided socialising while 31 per cent don’t put pictures of themselves up on social media.

More than three in 10 (31 per cent) have also covered up aspects of their appearance due to the negative comments, while a quarter (24 per cent) skipped school and 21 per cent avoided social media altogether.

It also emerged that 37 per cent experienced more cyberbullying during lockdown than ever before, and 35 per cent experienced it for the first time ever.

For 27 per cent of those who faced bullying over their appearance, it had a negative impact on their school performance,.

Cyberbullying during lockdown

And other have become isolated or antisocial (41 per cent) or tried to change their appearance (40 per cent). 

Worryingly, one fifth of young people (19 per cent) kept quiet about their experiences, because they didn’t know who to turn to (18 per cent) or feared it would lead to more bullying (11 per cent).

Sadly, bullying that happens at school can leave lasting trauma, long into adulthood, as 65 per cent of those polled, via OnePoll, who are over 18 said schoolyard bullying has negatively impacted their adult life.

Head & Shoulders is joining forces with the Anti-Bullying Programme from The Diana Award charity as part of a two-year partnership to educate one million young people, parents and adults to help both end bullying and eliminate some of the cultural stigmas that are the source of bullying today – including dandruff.

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Alex Holmes, deputy CEO of The Diana Award, said: “We believe in the power of young people to stand up for what is right and to support each other. 

“In the UK, you spend around 11,000 hours of your life at school, so it is such a crucial part of young people’s development and childhood, of which bullying should not be a barrier to them fulfilling their potential and leading happy and safe lives.”

To participate in the programmes, schools, parents, teachers and kids can sign up at https://antibullyingpro.com/freetheshoulder

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