Being TWEEN’s a whole new world. ⚡️⚡️ It’s AWESOME. But can also be challenging.
Topics like bullying, fitting in, and image shaming can feature high on our community's anxiety list.
And fuel the question we find most energy depleting + least helpful : “Am I _ Enough?”
These questions are REAL. But make no mistake, they also hold you back from living your best life.
More Joy's our mission. And less of the rest.
So to tackle the latter, here's some sites we hope help and all in the one handy place - for anyone facing some trials in the Tweendom.
If these links aren't needed, so much the better. And if they are, please use them.
This is us having your back! 👊
TYPES OF BULLYING⚡️⚡️
Physical bullying includes hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching and pushing or damaging property. Physical bullying causes both short term and long term damage.
Verbal bullying includes name calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, homophobic or racist remarks, or verbal abuse. While verbal bullying can start off harmless, it can escalate to levels which start affecting the individual target. Keep reading in this section for techniques to deal with verbal bullying.
Social bullying, sometimes referred to as covert bullying, is often harder to recognise and can be carried out behind the bullied person's back. It is designed to harm someone's social reputation and/or cause humiliation. Social bullying includes:
- Lying and spreading rumours
- Negative facial or physical gestures, menacing or contemptuous looks
- Playing nasty jokes to embarrass and humiliate
- Mimicking unkindly
- Encouraging others to socially exclude someone
- Damaging someone's social reputation or social acceptance.
- Cyber bullying
This can be overt or covert bullying behaviours using digital technologies, including hardware such as computers and smartphones, and software such as social media, instant messaging, texts, websites and other online platforms.
Cyber bullying can happen at any time. It can be in public or in private and sometimes only known to the target and the person bullying. Cyber bullying can include:
- Abusive or hurtful texts emails or posts, images or videos
- Deliberately excluding others online
- Nasty gossip or rumours
- Imitating others online or using their log-in
NEGATIVE BODY IMAGE + UNDERSTANDING EATING DISORDERS⚡️⚡️
Our Charity partners the Butterfly Foundation, emphasises the critical importance of prevention and early intervention strategies in limiting the development of, and suffering from, negative body image and eating disorders
Body shaming is one of the key forms of bullying. And negative body image is not vanity. Nor is an eating disorder really about the food. Most times it is about reclaiming control in a situation you find untenable. Not healthy.
We fight negative body image in all the ways here at Real Pretty Kind. Fundamentally, we are here for Every Body. But there's only so much we are skilled in. For support outside our remit check in with Butterfly or your local equivalent
1800 33 4673
(in alphabetic order)
The Foundation seeks to educate and provide support tools for children and their families and teachers to combat bullying in all its forms. An adjunct service treats Workplace bullying so that these behaviours are caught early and also managed in later life - from school playground to career playground.
Importantly for Tweens this includes prevention programs that promote behaviour-change in schools nationwide to teach respectful values and behaviours in young people on and offline.
Their advocacy work speaks out for children and advocates for their right to be free from violence and bullying
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
AMF Support services link
Education. Limiting the development of, and suffering from, negative body image and eating disorders. And rehabilitation.
1800 33 4673
1800 242 636
Short-term counselling and emotional and psychological support services for carers and their families in each state and territory.
1800 650 890
Free online and telephone service that supports young people aged between 12 and 25 and their families going through a tough time.
1800 55 1800
A free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.
1300 78 99 78
A telephone and online support, information and referral service, helping men to deal with relationship problems in a practical and effective way.
1800 61 44 34
An online and telephone clinic providing free assessment and treatment services for Australian adults with anxiety or depression.
1800 184 527
QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for LGBTI people.
QLife provides Australia-wide anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.
QLife services are free and include both telephone and webchat support, delivered by trained LGBTI community members across the country. Our services are for LGBTI individuals, their friends and families, and health professionals in Australia
1300 364 277
A provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities.
1800 18 7263
Information about mental illness, treatments, where to go for support and help carers