A fear of creepy-crawlies is most likely to give children sleepless nights, according to a British survey about what scares them most.

Researchers found one in four children said they were scared by spiders and bugs, with a similar number, or 23 per cent, admitting to a fear of the dark.

Other worries highlighted in the survey of 2000 parents, commissioned by Sky Movies to mark the launch of its TV special Toy Story of Terror, included being bullied (22 per cent), ghosts (20 per cent) and doing badly at school (14 per cent).