HELPING HAND: The Kids Helpline shares tips with parents about how to spot the signs of bullying.
HELPING HAND: The Kids Helpline shares tips with parents about how to spot the signs of bullying. MoMorad

What to do if your child is being bullied

AFTER the tragic death of Warwick schoolgirl Amy "Dolly” Jayne Everett, the Kids Helpline has urged Australians to remember their free phone and online counselling service.

The organisation has also released information for parents about the signs to watch out for if they are concerned their child is bullied, and what to do.

If you or someone you know needs assistance contact Kids Helpline via www.kidshelpline.com.au or phone 1800551800.

Bullying signs:

Unexplained cuts or bruises or pencil marks on the skin

Being quiet or withdrawn

Reporting vague headaches or stomach aches

Ripped, stained or soiled school clothes or 'losing' lunch money

Falling out with previously close friends

Being moody or easily distressed

Reluctance to leave the house, including to go to school

Experiencing difficulty in sleeping at night

Showing sudden changes in eating behaviour

If your child is bullied:

Let the child know it is alright to talk about how the bullying is making them feel

Remind children it is never their fault and provide the space for them to talk

Help the young person understand the power dynamic involved in bullying. Discuss ways to stop giving the bully power, such as walking away

Reassure them that you will help to stop the bullying

Find out the specifics and contact the school or organisation where relevant and make sure they are aware of the problem

Talk to the experts - If you don't know what to do or where to go consider calling trained counsellors at Kids Helpline or contact www.esafety.gov.au.



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