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Beat the bullies

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By Michele Elliottfounder and CEO of children’s charity Kidscape.

Bullying behaviour among young children is on the increase. Michele Elliott explains how to recognise the signs

scared girl

The caller on the end of the phone line was angry and hurt:

‘My four-year-old daughter tells me that she is stupid and ugly. I can’t believe that my confident, outgoing, lovely child is sobbing and saying she doesn’t want to go back to nursery school because she is so scared. Apparently, another child has been picking on her and some other children.

‘Imagine my astonishment when I was told by the teacher that they were aware of the situation and were trying to deal with the child who was bullying, but I had to understand that the child had problems at home. I am sorry for that child, but why should my child suffer?’

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