A new survey shows that 40 percent of boys playing team sports have been harassed. The players in the picture have nothing to do with the survey. Photo: Christopher Johansson / P4 Skaraborg Sveriges Radio

One in four kids who play sports get harassed

One in four kids who play organised sports have been harassed by their teammates at one time or another, according to a survey by the polling institute TNS Sifo.

The most common form of harassment was hurtful comments during a game or practice, closely followed by shoving and punches. The survey also showed that boys who play team sports have it the worst, with 40 percent of the respondents subjected to harassment.

1,100 children between the ages of 9 and 15 responded in the survey, which was the first of its kind in Sweden. Lars Arrheniuns, Director General at the anti-bullying organisation Friends, was taken aback by the results.

"I didn't expect these numbers at all. It's very alarming that so many children feel harassed," Arrhenius says to news agency TT.

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