What is Bullying?
Bullying is where someone hurts you either physically, by hitting or kicking you, or verbally by calling you names or teasing you.
Bullying can be done in a number of ways. Someone might be bullying you if they are:
- Calling you names
- Making things up about you
- Teasing you
- Hitting, kicking, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving
- Taking your money or other things away from you
- Leaving you out or excluding you
- Threatening or intimidating you
- Texting you horrible messages
- Filming you on their mobile phones and spreading it about
- Sending you horrible emails or messages on Facebook and other social networking websites.
If you are being bullied, tell someone. It won’t go away unless you talk to someone about it.
Being bullied can make your life really miserable and it is best to talk to someone about what is happening.
Talk to your parents or carers or your teacher if the bullying is happening at school. If you feel you can’t talk to your parents or your teacher, try talking to a friend or family member who could talk to them for you. You must tell someone though.
You might want to talk to:-
- Auntie or other relative
- Parents’ friend
- School counsellor
- Youth worker
- School nurse
Don’t respond to any bullying or hit back because you could get hurt or get into trouble.
Try to stay in safe areas, if you are hurt at school tell a teacher immediately and make sure you tell your parents or carer. If the bullying is going on at school, the school should operate an anti-bullying policy. Your teacher can’t help if they don’t know you are being bullied.
Keep telling people until the bullying stops. Be prepared as it may not stop the first time you tell your parents or teacher as they try and put a stop to it. If it continues, tell your parents or teacher again.
If a bully sees that they can upset you then they will keep trying, remember no one should be bullied.
In extreme cases, if bullying is interfering with your education and making you miserable it may be possible for you to change schools if it doesn’t stop once you have reported it.