The boy was in Zetland Road, walking towards Netherby Road, when another youth approached and struggled with him in an attempt to steal his possessions. The youth then made off empty handed and the victim went to a relative’s house and contacted police. The incident happened around 5.50pm on Saturday.
A police spokesman said: “The young boy was not injured during this incident, but was left understandably shaken.
“Anyone who was in or around the Zetland Place or Netherby Road area on Saturday evening and remembers seeing anything suspicious is asked to contact police immediately.
“We have a very detailed description of the suspect and anyone who can assist us identify him should also come forward.”
Officers are now keen to speak with anyone who can assist with their enquiries.
The suspect is described as male, white, 15 or 16-years-old with a slim build. He was wearing blue jeans, black boots, a black hooded top with AC/DC in red and white lettering on the front and the hood up. The youth was also wearing ski goggles with an orange lens and a white frame.
Anyone with any information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.