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Strike up a convo

Sometimes parents or other adults just don’t seem to get it. And sometimes the thought of talking to them about your personal or private problems is pretty much a nightmare. But as out-of-touch as they might seem, a lot of parents actually offer pretty good advice.  

So if you’re in need of some help or advice, but aren’t sure where to start, you might find some of these conversation starters helpful.

There’s some drama happening, and it’d be good to talk to you about it, but I need you to stay calm, listen, and think about your response.
Please be cool. This is a really big deal to me.
I was wondering if you could help me with something that I’m pretty upset about.
I’m not ok.
Promise you'll listen and not interrupt me. I need you to hear the whole story.
I need a hug.
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Can I talk to you later about something? It’s important and I really need you to listen and stay calm.”
I’m really, really sad right now.
I know you want what’s best for me, and I was hoping you can help me with something pretty serious.
Please stay calm and let me explain.
I won’t lie to you, if you promise you’ll stay calm and see it from my point of view.

Asking your school for help

If you’re being attacked online, your school can probably help—especially if you’re being cyberbullied by people at the same school as you.Talk to your school counsellor or nurse, or a teacher you trust.
They might be able to help by:

Listening to your story, and making sure you’re heard.
Running classroom activities or discussions about cyberbullying to let everyone know what is acceptable or not.
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Letting you know about the school policy around cyberbullying, and how they handle it.
Raise cyberbullying as a problem in a whole school setting, without singling people out so you can stay anonymous.
Having difficult conversations for you, so you don’t have to directly approach the people cyberbullying you.
Referring you to professional counselling.
Starting a formal resolution process to stop the cyberbullying happening.
Being aware of your situation, and providing you support or flexibility with your school work.
Helping you stay involved in the things you like doing, like sport or art or music.

Talk to a professional counsellor?

If you feel like talking to someone or just aren’t sure what to do to next, a qualified counsellor can help. Asking for help isn’t weak and it doesn’t mean you aren’t independent…it can actually make you stronger.You can chat online, over the phone or in person.
It’s the perfect next step, and is completely confidential.

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