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What to do if you're being bullied

What to do if you’re being bullied:

If you are being bullied, you must tell a friend, tell a teacher AND tell your parents (if you feel comfortable doing so). Or, you might prefer to confide in someone outside the immediate family, like a grandparent, aunt, uncle or cousin, and ask them to help you tell your parents what's going on.

Your form tutor or school nurse also needs to know what’s happening, so try to find a time to tell him or her when it won't be noticeable. Don't be tempted to respond to any bullying or hit back because you could get hurt or get into trouble.

Try not to worry. If someone is bullying you, they have a problem and they need help. No-one has the right to bully you regardless of what they might be going through – but if you speak out then things will change and you can get the support you need. Being bullied is nothing to be ashamed of, and help is at hand.

Please note: some types of bullying like physical assault and prejudice related bullying is against the law, so you may need to get the police involved. A trusted adult can help you with this.

Some tips to make you feel better:

  • focus on the people who care about you and not the ones that don’t
  • get involved in out of school activities and search for your talent or skill
  • exercise is a great stress buster, it also clears your head and makes you feel better about yourself
  • boost your self-esteem by looking at all of the good things that are happening and not just the bad

If you know or see someone being bullied:

If you don't like seeing people being bullied, then do something about it. By not saying or doing anything, you're letting the person who bullies win and making the victim suffer for longer. ). It is your job to get tell someone, be kind and supportive to them and to discourage any bullying. Remember – you could actually be saving somebody’s life. Don’t be a bystander.