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Children returning to school worry about bullying.

Children returning to school worry about bullying.

Almost half of children have worried about returning to class after the school holidays because of bullying, research has found. 

As 10m children return to school this week, a YouGov poll for the Diana Award found that four in ten children are so badly picked on at school it has affected their grades and left them frightened of putting their hands up in class. 

Experts warn that despite laws and procedures being introduced to stamp out bullying in schools, it has become "normalised" and remains a major issue.

Dr Elizabeth Nassem, whose research at Birmingham City University focuses on the topic, says that bullying tends to be oversimplified and those in authority seek to punish the individual rather than addressing the root causes. 

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