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Why don't children tell?

Studies have found that there are a number of reasons why children don't tell when they are being bullied. One reason is pressure from peers not to 'tell tales'. Another is a feeling that bullying is inevitable and that nothing can be done about it. There is also the fear of what the bullies might do if they found out. The other reason mentioned is that being bullied can make victims feel hopeless and feeling this way it would be even harder for the bullied child to tell.
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Article details

K Sullivan (2000) 'The Anti-Bullying Handbook', Oxford and New Zealand: Oxford University Press. For order details see here.
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Author details

Dr Keith Sullivan is based at the School of Education at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Over a number of years he has been involved in anti-bullying research in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.
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