David Arquette's seven-year-old daughter has been bullied.

The 39-year-old actor says he and estranged wife Courteney Cox have tried to tell Coco that she is "special" in order to combat the negativity she has received from some of her peers.

He said: "Well you know she has been bullied, people have hurt her feelings and you just have to tell her and tell these kids [who have been bullied] that they're special, that they have a special gift that nobody else has, that they have a light inside of them that can be positive. You can choose to accept this negativity that's coming your way or you can rise above it and be the best person you can be."

David believes one of the key factors in solving problems of children being bullied is to make others aware of the situation and bringing it into the open.

He told America's OK! magazine: "Part of bullying is people not standing up, not doing anything so its really about making the teacher aware about it, bringing it out into the open and you know, a lot of times this stuff lives in the dark."

Though David and Courteney have been separated for 10 months, he insists he and Courteney get along better than ever.

He added: "We talk quite a bit and we're really open and we're really communicative. Coco is really open too and she asks us questions. We all communicate much better now than ever before."