Bullying is a problem that that no child should have to put up with, but in Australia, statistics reveal that one in six school children are bullied each week.
Children who are being bullied can do something about it. Here are some tips that might help:
- You should realise that the kid/s who are bullying you aren't smart, even though they might think they are.
- Try to avoid bullies, but don't make it too obvious.
- Hang about in places where they don't go - the library for instance - While your'e there, you'll be learning while they're missing out.
- Keep telling yourself that you're doing OK at school and try to concentrate on your studies.
- Talk to a friend or a teacher about it.
- Talk to your parents, and ask for their support.
Parents and teachers can help by firstly believing a child when they report bullying, and then supporting them.
Australian children can call Kids Help Line - a free, confidential telephone counselling service aimed at helping children deal with life's problems.
The number is 1800 55 1800 (Australia Wide) or visit their web site at www.kidshelp.com.au