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Why is bullying an important safety issue?

Bullying can be distressing to children, and affect their ability to participate in and enjoy school, sport and other group activities. It can also have long-term effects on children's self-esteem and confidence, and on their ability to fit in and function in groups.

Bullying usually happens when older people - or others that are more "powerful" than the bullying children - are not present, and is often accompanied by threats of harm if the victim of bullying reports the behaviour. Just as children should be told how to deal with various forms of abuse, so is it important that you know how to deal with bullying and report it if it occurs.

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