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    What do I do if I suspect my child is being bullied at school?

    I notice that my child does not have many friends at school and often comes home upset. I have asked him about his social life but he refuses to open up to me. What should I do?
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  • Aphrodite Zoitas is a qualified Psychologist specialising in Educational and Developmental Psychology. She has experience in working with children, adolescents and their families to provide … View Profile

    This depends on the age of the child. However, in all cases it is important to talk with the child and the teacher. Ask the teacher what the schools anti-bullying program is and how this is implemented. Sometimes teachers may not be aware that a child is the victim of bullying, so discussing your concerns with the teacher is vital. Children should also be involved in the conversation between teacher and parents in a manner which encourages the child to seek parental and teacher support.

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