Bullying and anxiety frequent among UK teens

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Teenagers in the UK are more likely to be bullied and are more anxious than those in other parts of the world, according to a recent survey.

A global survey of 15-year-olds, carried out by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), found that despite an average life satisfaction score of seven out of 10, UK 15-year-olds are more often victims of bullying than teenagers in other parts of the world.

Almost a quarter of teenagers said they experienced acts of bullying at least a few times a month, and around 15% said they were made fun of by others. Physical abuse such as being hit or pushed was reported by around 5% of participants.

The survey also revealed that anxiety is a problem among UK teenagers, with 72% of UK respondents saying they feel anxious before taking a test.

Rates of bullying and anxi...