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Find out what causes pupils' anger and ways of dealing with it.

Anger can be perfectly normal and healthy for children and young people if it is expressed appropriately.

Children and young people can show their anger by shouting, refusing to do what they are told, saying horrible things and trying to upset others.

They can break or smash things, and hit or hurt their parents and other family and friends and disrupt lessons at school.

Children and young people can feel angry for many reasons, including the following:

  • Struggling to cope with hormonal changes during puberty
  • Friendship problems
  • Being bullied or hurt
  • Struggling with reading, writing or schoolwork
  • Exam stress or academic pressure

TES has a collection of resources to help teachers and mental health professionals share anger management strategies with children and young people. The anger management programme includes PowerPoint presentations, activity booklets and worksheets that can be used with groups or individuals.

Anger management strategies for students and teens can also be found on Pinterest and parents and carers can find out how to cope with anger in children and young people on the Young Minds website.

Read the booklet 'How to deal with anger' produced by the mental health charity “MIND”.

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