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Most North Shore readers think bullying in schools is worse than ever

In a recent poll, more than 60% of readers said bullying is getting worse, not better
North Vancouver Education Services Centre staff gather on Pink Shirt Day in 2022. To raise awareness for anti-bullying, Pink Shirt Day falls on the last Wednesday of February every year in Canada.| North Vancouver School District

Awareness of the bullying behaviours impacting children in schools today is higher than ever. At the same time, there are more tools for students, parents and teachers to be proactive beforehand, and be prepared if problem situations arise.

But is all that awareness and education actually putting a dent in the issue?

North Shore readers don't think so. In a recent poll, over 60 per cent of them said bullying is worse than ever. In the same survey, 21 per cent said bullying hasn't gotten any more or less severe, and 18 per cent said it's less of an issue now.

If you're wondering about what can be done to combat bullying, read our guide with advice from experts from North and West Vancouver school districts.

The North Shore News polled 1,226 readers and asked the question: Has bullying in schools gotten better or worse in recent years?

The poll ran from Feb. 24 to March 18, 2023. Of the 1,226 votes, we can determine that 412 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

Bullying hasn't gotten any more or less severe. 21.36 % local, 22.51 % total    
It's less of an issue now. There's more awareness and tools to deal with bullying. 17.96 % local, 21.04 % total    
It's worse than ever. Bullying has gotten nastier, and there are more ways to bully today. 60.68 % local, 56.44 % total    
  Local   Total

Results are based on an online study of adult North Shore News readers that are located in North Shore. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 2.79%, 19 times out of 20.

North Shore News uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.