It’s a statistic that’s sure to concern any parent.
In Australia, one in four children have experienced bullying.
That’s the equivalent of an entire classroom of bullied students per school.
Australian student Emily explains why she was a bully on SBS Insight. Post continues below…
But it wasn’t just victims of bullying who contributed to the conversation.
The news program also spoke to the bullies themselves.
One student from Nepean High School, Emily, described how she became a bully as a matter of survival at her school.
“At my old school, there was a culture of bullying and putting people down and roasting people,” Emily explained.
“I don’t like putting others down but I felt like if I didn’t join in and I didn’t conform, then I would be next,” she continued.
“I felt like I had to become this other person in order to protect myself and I feel as though I was a bully to those around me. I hated myself so much for what I was doing but I really did think that it was what I had to do to survive.”