What Is Bullying?

Bullying can happen to anyone at any age. Being bullied at school, home or online might involve someone pushing you, hitting you, teasing you, talking about you or calling you names. Nobody has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad. If you are being bullied you don't have to deal with it alone - talking to someone about it can often really help.
Do you feel that you, or someone you know is being bullied?
 
Tell someone who you trust
 
Always tell someone if you feel that you are being bullied such as a teacher or your parents.
 
Do not suffer in silence

Bullying is repeated harassment over a period of time, and is done in a way that makes it difficult for a person being bullied to defend themselves. Bullying can take many different forms, but essentially there are three different types:
 
Verbal Bullying, including
 
  • Teasing
  • Sarcasm
  • Name Calling
  • Continually ignoring someone
  • Racist and/or sexual remarks
 
The websites below contain information and guidance for children and young people affected by bullying, including videos made by teenagers and cyber mentors/emailing advice service
 
Young Minds
 
Teens against Bullying
 
Kidscape
 
Bullying UK

 
Physical Bullying, including:
 
  • Taking your money or personal belongings
  • Pushing, hitting, kicking or punching
  • Sexual abuse, including unwanted physical contact or comments
 
Indirect Bullying, including:
 
  • Spreading rumours or starting gossip about you
  • Getting you into trouble for no real reason
  • Excluding you
  • Sending you hurtful messages via text message, email, telephone, letters or on Social Networking Sites.
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