Half of school pupils have seen bullying

Nearly half of all 11-16 year olds see bullying on the way to or from school.

Around 43 per cent of those surveyed said they saw bullying on the school run but only half of those reported it, a study by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) found.

ABA chairwoman Ross Hendry said: "It's of great concern that nearly half of young people who see others being bullied do not report it and that such a large proportion don't think its any of their business to do so."

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The report was released as Beatbullying, a separate anti-bullying charity, prepared to launch a "digital demonstration" in support of children's rights.

More than 750,000 people, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have created virtual avatars that will "march" across around 60 partner websites against bullying.