AN overwhelming majority of people surveyed in the north west say schoolchildren would be more likely to report bullying anonymously.

More than four in five people in the north west agree pupils would be more comfortable reporting that they or a friend were being bullied if they could do so anonymously, according to the ComRes poll.

Almost 82 per cent said they would support schools who introduced an online anti-bullying platform where pupils could make anonymous reports to the school.

The poll is released as a new online anti-bullying web platform called Speak UP! is launched.

Speak UP! allows pupils to anonymously report instances of bullying

Tobias Wernius, Global Development Manager of Speak UP! said: “The goal of Speak UP! is to give students all over the world a voice and together with parents and schools they learn to battle this global epidemic.”

With the Speak UP! app, students can anonymously report bullying via their smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.

Users are able to report the location, time and type of bullying along with pictures or video.

They can upload screenshots of text or social media messages.

Reports are sent direct to a school’s central dashboard, allowing counsellors and associated staff to review and respond in real-time.