Bullying

"Bullying won't stop unless you tell some who can help."

"They stir things up so people don't want to be my friend. I'm depressed, annoyed, stressed and keep breaking down in tears. I feel like I'm about to fall apart" - boy aged 13

Bullies are very cunning and are expert at getting away with it.

We all know that bullying goes on in and out of school, and parents, carers, teachers and other professionals have a duty to take action is they suspect or discover that child(ren) are being bullied.

Bullying includes:

  • People calling you names
  • Making things up to get you into trouble
  • Hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving
  • Taking things away from you
  • Damaging your belongings
  • Stealing your money
  • Taking your friends away from you
  • Spreading rumours
  • Threats and intimidation
  • Making silent or abusive phone calls
  • Bullies can also frighten you so that you don't want to go to school, so that you pretend to be ill to avoid them
  • Cyberbullying – for example when mobiles or sites like Facebook are used bully people

Are you being bullied or do you know someone who is being bullied?

If so, talk to your parent or adult in your family. Or talk to a Teacher, adult family friend or neighbour;

The most important thing to do is talk about it or get advice e.g. (all these links open new windows)

Are you a bully?

  • Maybe your mates think it’s ok, they might encourage you or laugh about it, but it’s not ok
  • You are hurting someone else because you want to, and they don’t deserve it
  • You could be responsible for someone killing themselves – nearly 20 people a year kill themselves because they can’t stand being bullied
  • You should stop!
  • If you can’t stop, get some advice
  • Talk to a trusted adult about it

Get Help

Over the years Bullying UK has been sent tips on how to deal with bullying by young people who were experiencing it. Look here to see what they say - http://www.bullying.co.uk/.