Bullying numbers on rise

MORE than 30% of students have been bullied in their schooling career, according to Kids Helpline.

There are many types of bullying, including physical, verbal, cyber, sexual, psychological and social.

Kids Helpline said there were signs parents could look for if they thought their child was being bullied:

Sudden aversion to socialising with friends.

Disinterest or avoidance of school.

Dropping out of sports or other recreational activities.

Extreme sleeping behaviour (either lots more or lots less).

Abnormal nail biting or other minor or severe self-harming behaviours.

Abnormal changes in mood and/or behaviour.

The organisations says the powerful impact of feeling scared, powerless, helpless, ashamed and other emotions that can result from being bullied, particularly when occurring over a long period, has the capacity for long-lasting effects on children.

For more information on bullying and how to get help, visit www.kidshelp.com.au or call 1800 551800.



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