World Health Organization Collaborative Cross-National Study

The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey is a WHO collaborative cross-national study that monitors the health behaviours, health outcomes and social environments of school-aged children every four years. HBSC Ireland surveys school-going children aged 9-18 years. The study is conducted by the HBSC Ireland team, based at the Health Promotion Research Centre, University of Galway.

HBSC Ireland 2018 Bullying and Cyberbullying Behaviour

Children were asked how often, in the past couple of months, they had been bullied at school or cyberbullied and how often they had taken part in bullying others at school or cyberbullying others. Cyberbullying examples were (sent mean instant messages, email or text messages; wall postings; created a website making fun of someone; posted unflattering or inappropriate pictures online without permission or shared them with others). The response options were:

  • I have not been bullied/cyberbullied or I have not bullied/cyberbullied another person – these have been shortened to ‘Never’ for the purpose of this data visual.
  • It has only happened once or twice
  • 2 or 3 times a month
  • About once a week
  • Several times a week

The interactive data visual below will update based on the tab selected (at the top of the visual) and items selected in the legend on the right.

  • The tab ‘All Bullying’ compares both traditional and cyberbullying by selecting the frequency from the drop down list on the right
  • Check or uncheck any items in the legends on the right to filter/highlight the data
  • Hover over the chart to see a pop-up with further information
  • Clicking within the chart will also highlight data; use ctrl & click to highlight multiple data
  • Click the icons at the bottom of the visual to:
     reset (return the visual to the default setting)
     share (get a URL link and embed code)
     download a version of the visual
     view the visual in full screen mode (recommended)