One in four young people targeted by bullies

By: yourtown 20 Mar 2015 Kids Helpline

Today’s version of having sand kicked in your face is more damaging and more widespread than in any other generation.


Cyberbullying is a common experience for young people, with technology an ever-increasing part of daily life.

For Year 7 student Ella* it started when she moved to a new school and the girls in her class were sending her nasty Snapchat messages every 30 minutes.

One in four children in Australia will experience some form of bullying, and it’s important we undertake both preventative measures to stop it happening and also offer support to kids dealing with the problem. Wendy Protheroe, Kids Helpline

Today is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence and Kids Helpline is releasing the top tips to combat bullying.


  • Remember - it is NEVER your fault
  • Talk to someone - it is important to tell an adult you trust, e.g. a teacher, parent or counsellor. It can also help to keep a diary of bullying incidents including who was involved, the time it occurred, what happened and who you told about it
  • Take action
    • block the bullies from sending you messages or emails or stay offline for a while
    • walk away if possible
    • keep copies of abusive messages for evidence
  • Consider the feelings of the other person you’re sending messages to online
  • Seek help by contacting Kids Helpline

If kids want to talk to someone about bullying, they can call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or use email or web counselling services. No issue is too big or small.

Let us know your thoughts about bullying. Are your kids facing it now? Please comment below.

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