Bullying is never:
What can I do to make things better?
There are people who can help you if you’re being bullied. Ask for help. Don't keep it a secret. Bullying is too hard to cope with on your own.
It can be hard to speak up, but talking to someone can help you:
How can I ask for help?
Here are some other ideas that may help:
1. Walk away
It may be safest to just walk away, especially if the bullying could become violent. Walk tall, and head to a place where you’ll feel safe with other people.
2. Stay calm and be strong
If you feel safe, stay calm and be strong. Even if you’re not feeling confident, it helps to act as if you are.
3. Distance yourself
Stay away from the places they hang out, and ignore them if you see them around.
4. Don’t let them bring you down
Keep doing things you enjoy, and get involved in creative things that take your mind off what’s going on.
5. Talk to a teacher or a counsellor about what they can do
There are many different kinds of bullying:
Physical bullying is when someone
Verbal bullying is when someone
Social bullying is when someone
Also see our Cyber Bullying page.
Why am I being bullied?
Bullying can happen to anyone. You’re not alone.
Bullies will target people they think will be easy to take advantage of. This is because bullies feel like they have all the power, and that no one will stand up to them.
Bullies may target:
People who react quickly and lose their cool. They can upset the other person on purpose to get them in trouble.
The truth is that every one of us is a unique individual, and this is something that should be celebrated!
It’s never okay for someone to bully you for being you – no matter what. Be proud of your differences. You have the right to be who you are.
Bullies often pick on people because they feel unhappy or frustrated, and want to take it out on someone else. Or because they feel insecure, and are trying to show off or impress others.
Whatever the reason, bullying is never okay. You have the right to speak up and get support.
It’s not me, it’s someone else being bullied – what can I do?
Don’t just stand there and watch
I’ve bullied people before and I want to change – what can I do?
By reading this you’ve taken the first step, and that’s a really brave and positive thing to do. Here are some pointers to help you change your behaviour: