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.
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Being quiet or withdrawn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.