In Portugal, 1 in 3 young people aged 13 to 15 are bullied *.
The impact of bullying is often painful and expensive:
- To the targets, it causes problems such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse and suicide;
- To bullies, it creates the risk of absenteeism, drug abuse, criminality and extreme violence;
- It makes school officials lose time by resolving disputes and imposing punishments;
- Increases suspensions and evictions;
- It leads parents to take their children from school:
- Learning exploitation and the school environment worsen;
(*) - 2009 questionnaire sponsored by the World Health Organization of attitudes and health-related behaviors of young people ("Health Behavior in School-Aged Children") that concluded that the percentage of adolescents in Portugal aged 11 to 15-year-old that reported bullying others at school at least once in the two preceding months is over 30 percent.