What Is Bullying?

Bullying is when people are repeatedly mean to someone or hurt them on purpose. Bullying can happen to anyone at any age and can happen at school, on the playground, at home or online and might involve someone pushing you, hitting you, teasing you, taking things from you, calling you names or picking on you for being different.

Bullying is not ok. If you get bullied, it’s not your fault.

What Can I do?

Tell someone what's happening

Bullying is never something anyone should suffer with in silence. Tell someone you trust immediately - this can be a friend, a teacher, mentor or trusted adult. You are not alone and it's important to let someone know if you are being bullied or you see others being bullied.


Be Friendly

Someone who is being bullied or who is bullying others needs a friend and support too. Create opportunites to be friendly to everyone.


Be Brave and Speak Out

Be confident in who you are and encourage your friends to stand up against bullying and take action to stop it, whether it’s happening to you or others. Talking about it doesn’t mean you are a snitch or tattletale. You’re doing something good by helping someone out.

Even if you think that bullying is just a laugh, children who are bullied feel scared and upset. If you are upset or angry about something, talk about it instead of taking it out on someone else.


Advice From Childline

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Be your own best friend first - treat others the way you would want to be treated


Be kind and considerate – don’t judge others, everyone needs a friend


Be honest and trustworthy


Be loyal and stick up for others when they need it


Be brave enough to say "I'm sorry" if you’ve made a mistake


Be supportive when someone’s having a bad day


Have fun with your buddies and invite others to have fun with you too!



Learn More
& Get Help

For more information about bullying or if you need immediate help, support or advice visit the ChildLine website at www.childline.org.uk or you can always call ChildLine on 0800 1111 to speak to someone who is there to listen and help you.

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