Bullying and cyberbullying
Bullying can happen anywhere and the aim is to hurt you.
These are 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.
The above YouTube film is called 'Zero Tolerance'.
The film was produced with Community Action Suffolk and our Young Person’s Health Ambassador.
It is all about bullying and taking photos of things which could upset people.
These are serious issues in secondary schools.
It can be difficult to deal with being bullied online.
This includes by mobile phone and messages on social media sites.
You might feel you can't escape from it.
To take back control, follow our advice on cyberbullying.
Childline have produced a handy tool called 'Bounce Back': Get advice from Childline on how to cope with cyberbullying
"If you're a victim of bullying or cyberbullying, the important thing is that you don't suffer in silence or feel that you have to deal with these problems on your own. It can be hard, but it's important that you ask for help."
You may not feel comfortable telling anyone what is going on. You might be called a "grass", or maybe you just feel embarrassed that you are being bullied.
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 good support services online. You don't need to give away your name.
- Talk to an expert online using Kooth. Kooth is a free, safe and confidential online service where you can find someone to talk to when you need it.
- Speak to a school nurse - weekly confidential 'drop-ins' in secondary schools. Send a text to ChatHealth.
- Get support from ChildLine - provide a telephone helpline and community message boards to support young people
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