The authorities hope this means more children are reporting bullying when it happens. Photo: Erik G Svensson/Scanpix

Major rise in reports of bullying

Almost twice as much bullying in Swedish schools was reported in 2010, compared to the year before.

The figures come from Sweden's Child and School Student Representative (Barn och elevsombudsman) and are reported in Friday's issue of broadsheet Dagens Nyheter.

They show a rise in cases, from over 600 to over 1,000. Most of these involved bullying of school students by other children.

Lars Arrhenius, the child and school student representative, says that he hopes this rise is because schools are taking bullying more seriously.

But Dagens Nyheter reports that in a survey by the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket) 45,000 children aged 11-18 say that they have been bullied or harassed at school.

This is equivalent to seven to eight per cent of school children.

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