Relationships and Sex Education: What do young people think about learning about bullying?

The Young People’s RSE Poll 2021 was published by the Sex Education Forum on 1st February – documenting 1,002 16-17 year old’s experiences and opinions of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in England. This poll collected some interesting data in relation to bullying.

You can read the Young Peoples RSE Poll 2021 here

Young people were asked whether they'd learned about a range of subjects at school. "Bullying - including cyberbullying" was the most common topic that was learned about with 70.86% saying they'd learned about it. 19.56% said they learned something about it but not enough and 5.79% said they didn't learn about it at all. 

Question 3: At school, did you learn everything you feel you needed to about the following?

Question 3: At school, did you learn everything you feel you needed to about the following?

Young people were also asked about what they'd learned from their parents/carers. 17.86% said they'd not learned about bullying including cyberbullying from their parents/carers. 43.71% said they'd learned about bullying from their parents/carers at the right time, 7.89% would have liked to have learned about it later, 14.47% earlier and 17% said they wish they hadn't learned about bullying at home.

Question 4: Did you learn about the following topics from your parents / carers at the most useful time for you?:

Question 4: Did you learn about the following topics from your parents / carers at the most useful time for you?:

Overall young people wanted to have more RSE both in school and at home. The poll found that the quality of RSE was inconsistent and there wasn't an improvement in the quality of RSE compared to 2019 when the poll was last conducted. 

Read more about the new Relationships, Sex and Health Curriculum and what it means in relation to bullying here. 

Find out more about the work of the Sex Education Forum here. 

Screenshots from the report