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Why don't children tell?

Key statement

Children give a variety of reasons for not telling an adult about bullying, ranging from being afraid of what the bullies might do if they found out, to feelings of failure because they could not deal with the bully themselves.
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Comment

The reasons that children give for not telling are usually reasonable and logical. The fear of retaliation is real and should be acknowledged. However, this fear is sometimes expressed in another way - as a fear that the adult will do something which will make matters worse.

This knowledge can help adults to react more sensitively when approached by bullied children for help.
(Andrew Mellor)

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