ChildLine's chairman, Esther Rantzen, said: "At last the myth that bullying is good for you, that it is character forming, has been exploded. Bullying isn't good for anyone. It is a major cause of truancy. It destroys the victim's capacity to learn and enjoy school. And in extreme cases it can even lead to suicide - around 10 children every year kill themselves because they are bullied."Reuse content
A national campaign against bullying yesterday called on the Government to amend the Parents' Charter to give parents and children a guarantee that complaints about bullying will be taken seriously. The call was made by ChildLine at the launch in London of its new report - titled Why Me? - which includes the results of a study carried out among children and in schools. The findings revealed that bullying in schools is still rife and that violent bullying, especially of boys, may be increasing.