London: Nearly half of UK children have hid their talents and skills in school for fear of being bullied, a new survey has found. The survey conducted of children aged between 11 and 16 suggested that more than a quarter of those polled for England's anti-bullying week said they had quit an activity they enjoyed for the same reasons.

According to the survey, one in 10 said they had played down their ability in science, and nearly one in five girls said they deliberately underachieved in maths skills to avoid being bullied.

The poll also suggested many children, 11 per cent, having stopped singing, some 8 per cent said they had stopped doing drama and 9 per cent said they stopped dancing because of the fear of being bullied.

Some 8 per cent have quit a sport because of bullying fears, a daily reports. Ross Hendry, chair of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, a coalition of organisations tackling bullying, said it could lead to children missing school, failing exams, dropping out of sport, avoiding extra-curricular activities and limiting their life choices.

"It’s unacceptable that rather than celebrate their talent, they feel that they have to hide their gifts, purposely underachieve in crucial subjects and miss out on things they enjoy because of bullying," Hendry said.


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