United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Ending the torment: tackling bullying from the schoolyard to cyberspace

Publication Year: 2016 Publisher: Office of the SRSG on Violence against Children


Protecting children from bullying is not just an ethical im-perative or a laudable aim of public health or social policy: it is a question of human rights.

Indeed, bullying and cyberbullying compromise children’s rights to freedom from violence, to protection from dis-crimination, to an inclusive and relevant education and the highest attainable standard of health, to the right to be heard and have their best interests regarded as a pri-mary consideration in all decisions affecting their lives; and more often than not, child victims feel precluded from accessing counselling, justice and redress, and from benefitting from support for their healing, recovery and reintegration. These are rights enshrined in the United Na-tions Convention on the Rights of the Child, which is in force in virtually all countries around the world.