As children grow, they spend more time outside their homes and in online spaces. They begin to encounter and interact with more people, including peers and romantic partners. This widening of the social world, while beneficial in many respects, also creates situations in which children may be exposed to new forms of violence. Bullying is one example, experienced on a regular basis by close to 130 million students aged 13 to 15 worldwide.

Bullying is a reality for a significant proportion of adolescents around the world

Source: HBSC 2009/2010 and 2013/2014 and GSHS 2003–2016

Note:  Data from the HBSC studies were recalculated as weighted averages for 13- to 15-year-olds to allow for comparison with data collected in the GSHS. For full details, please see UNICEF’s A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents.


This map does not reflect a position by UNICEF on the legal status of any country or territory or the delimitation of any frontiers. The final boundary between the Sudan and South Sudan has not yet been determined. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties. The dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan.

In order to fully realize their potential, children need a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment in which to grow, learn, thrive and succeed. The Convention on the Rights of the Child explicitly mandates that children be protected from violent discipline while at school.

Still, children living in 73 countries today lack full legal protection from this form of violence while at school. And even where it has been outlawed, its use may continue.

Worldwide, half of all school-age children (6 to 17) live in countries where corporal punishment at school is not fully prohibited

Source: Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children

Note: Countries with partial prohibition include those where corporal punishment has been prohibited only in part of the country, under certain conditions or in certain types of institutions. For full details, please see UNICEF’s A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents. 

This map does not reflect a position by UNICEF on the legal status of any country or territory or the delimitation of any frontiers. The final boundary between the Sudan and South Sudan has not yet been determined. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties. The dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan.