40% of children would hide aspects of themselves out of fear of being bullied, a new poll has found.
It further found that 61% of those who would hide aspects of themselves would change the way they looked to avoid being bullied.
The poll was commissioned and published by the Anti-bullying Alliance, who are based at the National Children's Bureau, and was released in the lead up to Anti-bullying week 2017 (13-17 November).
Of the 2000 children polled, 64% have come across someone being bullied for being 'different', and 36% of those asked felt they didn't know what to do because not enough was being done to educate them. Despite 96% of children saying they thought it important to be yourself, over half (52%) worry about being seen as 'different' from others.
Anti-bullying week seeks to highlight the importance of tackling bullying and educating young people as to what they can do if they or someone they know is being bullied. As part of the movement, they are kicking off the week with Odd Socks Day.
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Those who take part in Odd Socks Day could win a visit from Anti-Bullying Alliance patron Andy Day and his band, Andy and the Odd Socks.
Martha Evans, Coordinator of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, said
"Anti-Bullying Week is sending the message we are 'All Different, All Equal' and we hope to provide a platform for children, teachers and parents, to raise awareness of what to do if you are being bullied, or see it happening to someone else. We are delighted to be working on such a positive campaign being celebrated by pupils, parents, schools and anti-bullying organisations across the country."