Australia is planning to move against bullying as studies detail the impact on the nation’s children and Prime Minister Julia Gillard launches a review into its spread through the workplace.

The conclusions of a 10-year study in Victoria will be presented to a national conference in Melbourne next month, outlining the consequences of bullying and warning that unsuspecting parents could be producing bullies by raising narcissistic children who believe they are entitled to do anything they wish.

The study found that cyber bullies were more likely to use cannabis and fall into crime and violence, their victims more likely to be depressed and inflict self-harm, and those who both bully and are bullied to binge drink, face suspension from school, harm themselves and suffer from depression.

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