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Being bullied? 5 signs to look out for… Bullying is an ever-growing problem in South African schools, with 2 out of 3 children reporting they would not ask for help at school if bullied. While many schools have excellent bullying policies in place, recognising bullying and enforcing these policies can be more challenging. The following 5 signs are warning flags both teachers and parents can look out for. 1. Avoiding school or school-based activities. Children who are reluctant to go to school (especially on a Monday after the break of a weekend) may fake illness, or even experience real headaches and nausea. This can be a sign of extreme anxiety caused by what the child perceives as a threatening environment at school. For teachers, avoiding certain activities such as sport or group play can also be warning signs. 2. Change in friendship groups. A sudden change in friendship circles, especially for adolescent girls, can indicate bullying. It is natural for some friendships to weaken as your child’s identity develops and new friends are made, and for small fights to occur between friends, but sudden and upsetting changes should be investigated. Try to engage with other parents to see if any children are being excluded from play, parties or other social activities where they previously would have been invited. 3. Anxiety and heightened emotions. While intense emotional reactions, such as crying spells, can indicate many different problems, they are a red flag that should be investigated. Troubled sleep can also be a symptom of anxiety or fear caused by bullying. Look out for extreme reactions (anger, anguish, shutting down) to questions about school, friends or weekend plans. 4. Obsession with or withdrawal from devices. Children are often most reluctant to report cyberbullying as it is hardest to prove in some cases. Fear of the device being taken away also plays a big role. Be aware of a change in your child’s attitude to their phone, tablet or computer – either needing to check updates constantly, or not wanting to use the devise at all out of fear. Parents and teachers should limit screen time, teach children about appropriate online behaviour, and for younger teens/ children, have regular checks on the content on the device. (NOTE: Most social media apps such as Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook carry an age restriction of 16 or higher!) 5. Drop in confidence. A change in your child’s self-belief, or a sense of them retreating into themselves, are big warning signs that they might be experiencing bullying. Look out for “victim stance” – posture that tries to make them smaller, lowered head and avoiding eye contact – as this is often adopted in an attempt to avoid the bullies attention. To build confidence, encourage activities where completion against yourself (self-improvement) is the key: singing, music lessons, judo, golf, horse riding or dancing are some great options. It is important to recognise that any of these behaviours are not only associated with bullying and could be symptomatic of other problems. The key is to engage in conversation about the behaviour, using open-ended questions such as, “I’ve noticed X, tell me more about that…” Parents and teachers should also be mindful not to mislabel once-off instances of rude or mean behaviour between pre-teen or teen friends as bullying – more on this in a future post. Trulife’s Bullying production in Grade 5 aims to teach that anyone can be a hero by refusing to be a bystander and standing up for the victims – a message we hope teachers and parents will embrace and pass on.

The misconception:

The idea of bringing about change or making an impact in the world can be quite a daunting one for most teens and young adults. When we think about our society which is so heavily plagued with injustice and pain it’s easy to start feeling like any attempt at bringing about change would be inadequate. There is a misconception that in order to bring about lasting change you need to reach thousands of people and be known by many. We trick ourselves into believing that bringing about change requires huge fame and skill, and this idea ultimately traps us. It traps us into believing that we are small and inadequate, and it stops us from stepping out and attempting to make a difference at all.

The truth is, change starts with you! It starts with you realizing that you have the ability to impact the world around you. It starts with young people realizing that their voice truly has the power to bring about change, and it starts with realizing that making a difference in the world is not always about reaching many people but rather about impacting one life. Bringing about change should be driven by a personal desire to help change the lives of people around us. When we focus on impacting one life it takes bringing about change from being just a dream into being something practical and attainable. I truly believe that real change starts with the little things, it starts with us stepping out and thinking of ways that we can make a positive impact in the lives of people around us. It starts with something as small as choosing to be kind always and having empathy for people who are less fortunate. Your small gesture of kindness could motivate others around you to also step out in kindness

I believe that we’re all born with a passion and a purpose for our lives. Each one of us has something unique to offer the world around us. The best way to bring change is to use what you’re passionate about to make a positive impact in people’s lives. For example, if you are passionate about baking, why not have a bake sale at your school to raise funds for a local charity. I want to encourage you to find out what you’re passionate about, what is it that you love to do? Once you figure that out, think of ways you could use that to make a difference in your school or community. Most importantly know that you have the ability to do great things – you have a voice that has the power to help people around you, so use it! And know that we can change the world around us by simply changing “one life at a time”.

past and upcoming events


Trulife had a successful tour to Richards Bay over the 11th – 14th of February. We got to visit and perform to local schools and share our messages on Drugs & Alcohol addiction, Sex & Discrimination. It was an impactful time and we were blown away by the students and the schools.

past events

In June, Trulife hosted its annual Golf day and it was such an incredible day of Golf and a successful fundraiser. This past October, Trulife hosted its first DNA Night with the goal of raising awareness on Substance abuse and Drug addiction. Please click below to see how these evnts have gone

upcoming events

Unfortunately, due to the spread of the Coronavirus and in light of what our President stated in his address this past Sunday, all Trulife schools and events are on hold at the moment. Stay safe and healthy.

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