Briefing on bullying

‘Children who experience bullying are three times more likely to develop depressive symptoms and nine times more likely to have suicidal thoughts,’ psychologist Maxine McEwin said.

The Stand Up to Bullying workshop, aimed at three to 15-year-olds, will explore strategies to reduce the incidence of being bullied or bullying.

CLAN family skills and training co-ordinator, Ms McEwin, said the two-and-a-half hour seminar would discuss cyber-bullying and offer tips to prevent bullying.

‘Current statistics suggest that one student in every four in Australian schools is affected by bullying,’ she said. ‘Even more concerning is that children usually wait a long time to report bullying because of feelings of shame, fear or retaliation.’

The seminar will be held at Willetton Youth Centre, Tuesday, August 27, from 6.30pm.