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Bully-proofing kids

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Despite the fact Australian schools are very pro-active when it comes to making schools safe places for kids, bullying unfortunately, is something that’s still with us. According to the 2009 Australian Covert Bullying Prevalence Study one in four kids from Years 4 to 9 experiences some type of bullying at school.  Frequent bullying is highest in Year 5 (32 per cent experiencing some bullying) and Year 8 (29 per cent) so it is something that parents and teachers need to understand.   Bullying is an insidious behaviour that transgresses children’s right to feel safe and secure. It can adversely affect children’s learning, further peer relations and their emotional well-being.    Often children will tease, argue and sometimes fight, which shouldn’t be confused with bullying.    Bullying is selective and intentional. ...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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