Bullying and cyberbullying
Bullying can happen anywhere and the aim is to hurt you. This is just some of the ways that someone could be bullied:
- name calling including racist and homophobic bullying
- kicking or hitting
- taking your things
- spreading rumours
- excluding you from things
- cyberbullying - report online abuse
Racial, sexual, homophobic and transphobic bullying are against the law.
It can be even more difficult to deal with being bullied online, by mobile phone or by messages on social media sites because you can't escape from it. To help you take back control, follow our advice on cyberbullying and you could check this handy tool form Childline 'Bounce Back'.
You may not feel comfortable telling anyone what is going on, because you might be called a grass, or maybe you just feel embarrassed that you are being bullied; but you are not alone. You must ask for help.
Ask for help
Try and talk about what is happening with parents or carers, an older brother or sister or perhaps another adult that you trust.
And if talking face to face is just too difficult at the moment, there are some really good support services online where you can be anonymous (if you need to be) and still get excellent advice.
- Kooth is a free, safe and confidential online service where you can find someone to talk to when you need it. Just keeping problems bottled up isn't a long term fix but talking through things can really help. You can read more in our information pages or visit their website www.kooth.com
- Speak to a school nurse - weekly confidential 'drop-ins' in secondary schools. Send a text to ChatHealth (07507 333356) or ask in school to find out more.
- ChildLine - provide a telephone helpline and community message boards to support young people
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