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What to do about bullying

If you are being bullied by another child please tell someone. Bullying can happen to anyone at any age, at school, at home, on the bus, in the street, online, or on your mobile phone. It might be that someone pushes you around, talks about you, teases you, makes fun of you, hits you or calls you names. 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, you can talk to someone and get something done about it. Talk to a teacher, your mum, your dad, or someone else in your family.

You could talk to someone at Childline - ring their freephone number 0800 1111. Please also look at our pages on E-safety and staying safe.

Verbal bullying, including:

Name calling
Continually ignoring someone
Racist and/or sexual remarks

Physical bullying, including:

Taking your money or personal belongings
Pushing, hitting, kicking and punching
Sexual abuse, including unwanted physical contact or comments

Indirect bullying, including:

Spreading rumours or starting gossip about you
Getting you into trouble for no real reason
Excluding you
Sending you hurtful messages via text messages, email, telephone or letters

Online Bullying

Childline has released a video to help young people who have experienced online bullying build their confidence and resilience.

Cyber bullying is when people are nasty online or on a mobile phone. It is against the law to bully someone in this way and it can be stopped.

Childline has launched an online self-help tool for young people experiencing bullying. ‘Bounce back from bullying’ aims to help young people: understand whether what they are experiencing is bullying; build their resilience; gain help and support from counsellors. The tool asks questions about different aspects of bullying, and gives young people the tools they need, based on their answers, to build confidence and seek support. Visit the Childline website to get more information. 

ChildLine has released a video to help young people who have experienced online bullying build up their confidence and resilience. Their website includes useful information on how this can be done.

Websites with more information and advice are:

Bullying UK - Helpline 0808 800 2222


Thinkuknow - information for different age groups, and you can report abuse here