1 What is bullying?
In whatever form it takes, bullying is unacceptable and should be reported. If you are being bullied we can help.
Bullying is repeated behaviour that is intended to hurt someone physically or emotionally. It is often aimed at certain groups because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
Bullying can take many forms including:
- Verbal - name calling, teasing or threats.
- Physical - being hit, kicked, or having things stolen.
- Social - being left out, ignored, or having rumours spread about you.
- Psychological - being made to feel scared or made to do things you don’t want to do.
- Cyberbullying - online bullying via email, social networks or instant messenger.
Remember to put the brakes on bullying - take a deep Breath, don’t React, walk Away, Keep calm, tell someone Every time and stay Safe.
2 What to do if you are being bullied
If you are being bullied it is important you talk to someone about it - your mum or dad, a friend or a teacher.
If you are aged between 11-19 and are being bullied, you can contact your local Early Help hub. The team can give advice on how to cope with bullying or refer you to a case worker who can provide one-to-one support or other help. You can email or phone the hub or ask someone you trust to contact them on your behalf.
3 Organisations that can give advice and support
If you want to talk to someone, contact one of the organisations below who can offer advice and support:
- Ditch The Label
- ChatHealth - Get confidential advice from the free school nurse text messaging service.
If you are a parent, find out who to contact if your child is being bullied.