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Suitable for: Families of secondary-age children
There are lots of ways you can help your child with bullying.
Many children experience bullying, or show bullying behaviour to others. While it is a common problem, it’s not something you should ignore or accept as a normal part of life.
Perhaps you’ve heard these common messages about bullying:
- “Everyone gets bullied at some point, it’s just a part of growing up.”
- “You should ignore it and they’ll soon get bored.”
- “It makes a man of you.”
- “It never did me any harm.”
- “You need to stand up for yourself.”
- “It’s just banter/ teasing.”
Bullying often happens in school and social situations among peers, but it can also be carried out by a stranger, particularly online. The bully may be an adult or have authority, such as a group leader, older sibling, or member of your community.