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Bullying information for parents

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Bullying is repeated behaviour that is intended to harm someone. Bullying can also be a misuse of power, such as in a relationship.

Different types of bullying include:

Some people think bullying is just part of growing up and a way for children to learn to stick up for themselves. But bullying is serious and can make children feel lonely, unhappy, frightened, unsafe and think that there must be something wrong with them.

Signs that a child is being bullied include tummy aches, nightmares, reluctance to go to school and loss of confidence. They may lose contact with friends and seem isolated.

What to do if your child is being bullied

What to do if your child bullies others

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed June 2021.

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Bullying information for teens

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