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Abusive relationships, such as rejection and bullying, can have devastating effects on a child’s later social and emotional development and lead to chronic school adaptation issues.

With the support of caring adults, young children can acquire the main skills needed to avoid abusive relationships. They can learn to:

  • positively assert themselves;
  • get protection from friendly peers;
  • end uncomfortable relationships.

To promote this important learning, parents and educators should encourage activities, contacts and interactions between same age children at home or elsewhere.