Bullying

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'

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is when someone uses the internet or mobile phones to deliberately upset someone else. This is a form of bullying and you shouldn't have to put up with it.

If you think you're being cyberbullied:

  • Save all evidence you have of the bullying. If you have nasty emails or things posted on your profile save them to your machine so you can use it as proof. Save texts or voicemails that say anything horrible
  • Learn how to block the bully on social networking sites and/or instant chat messaging or delete them from your contacts
  • Don't reply or retaliate to things they say or do. If you don't respond, they're more likely to get bored and move on

If you're being bothered via text, contact your service provider. Each network has a special area for this sort of problem. Check out their website or call them for advice or a free number change.

Are you being bullied?

Do you know someone who is being bullied? Talk to your parent or another adult in your family. Talk to a teacher, adult family friend or neighbour. If you tell someone, they can help make it stop. If you don’t feel comfortable telling someone you know call Childline on 0800 1111 and they can listen and give you advice.

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