Victims of bullying can be taught strategies to make themselves less of a target and ways to deflect the bullying if it does occur.
‘In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.’
Martin Luther King Jr
The past 25 years have seen a growing realisation that bullying and violence are significant problems for large numbers of children in schools. It has been estimated that one in six Australian young people are bullied weekly and are bothered by it, and that such victimisation is related to depression, anxiety, loneliness, poor self-esteem, suicide and absenteeism.