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Suitable for: Families of secondary-age children
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Many children experience bullying, or show bullying behaviour to others. While it is a common behaviour, it’s not something you should ignore or accept as a normal part of life.
Perhaps you’ve heard these 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.”
For a long time, bullying was dismissed as a natural stage of childhood, but it can have a significant impact on children’s health and wellbeing and should always be taken seriously.