School Bullying on the Decline

Fewer schoolchildren are being bullied, but at the same time more believe that reporting school violence can have little or no effect.

The Ministry of Education carried out a survey of 4.98 million students from elementary school to high school across the country in March and April and found that 62,000 students or 1.3 percent said they had been a victim of school violence in the past six months, down 0.5 percentage point on-year.

The ministry has been carrying out surveys on bullying twice a year since 2012, and the participation rate for the latest survey increased by 2.2 percentage points from a year ago to 91.6 percent.

The proportion of victims of school violence has declined steeply from 12.3 percent in the first survey of 2012. Tougher punishment on perpetrators seems to have contributed to this.

More students reported bullying to the 117 helpline with the figure rising 2.3 percentage points to 78 percent over a year.

But only 33.9 percent of those who reported their case said that reporting had an effect, down 7.3 percentage points from 41.2 percent in last year’s survey.

On the other hand, those who replied it had little effect increased from 30.4 percent to 32.1 percent, and those who said it was ineffective went up from 28.3 percent to 33.1 percent.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 11, 2014 13:14 KST