Signs to help you recognise when a child is being bullied

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Sadly, many children experience being bullied. Sometimes it can be at school, in a friendship group or online. But there are some signs you can look out for. Here are a few of the emotional and behavioural signals that might indicate the child is being bullied:

  • changes in sleeping or eating patterns
  • frequent tears or anger
  • mood swings
  • constantly feels unwell in the morning
  • becomes withdrawn or starts stammering
  • becomes aggressive and unreasonable
  • refuses to talk about what is wrong
  • begins to target siblings
  • continually 'loses' money or starts stealing.

If your child has been affected by bullying, there are things you can do to help. 

You and your child can access free, confidential counselling from services like ParentlineKids Helpline, and eheadspace or you can make a cyber bullying report to the eSafety Commissioner. >

You can also find additional tips on talking to your child and working with the school from anti-bullying initiative, Dolly's Dream. 

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