Bullying can happen to anyone at any age and it can make you feel timid, worried or sad. If someone says or does something hurtful to you once, it’s rude. If they do it to you again, it’s mean – tell them to stop it. If they do it to you again and again, that’s bullying.
No one has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad, and if you are being bullied you don’t have to put up with it.
If you are being bullied at school, tell a friend, tell a teacher and tell your parents. It won't stop unless you make that move. It can be hard to do this so if you don't feel you can do it in person it might be easier to write a note to your parents explaining how you feel, or perhaps 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.
- people calling you names
- making things up to get you into trouble
- hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving
- taking things away from you
- damaging your belongings
- stealing your money
- taking your friends away from you
- posting insulting messages or rumours, in person on the internet or by IM (cyberbullying)
- threats and intimidation
- making silent or abusive phone calls
- sending you offensive phone texts
- bullies can also frighten you so that you don't want to go to school, so that you pretend to be ill to avoid them
Remember, you are not alone, bullying happens to lots of people. Watch this great film on the effects of bullying and find out more at www.bullying.co.uk