There are many forms of bullying, like name-calling, hitting, spreading rumours, stealing, leaving people out and turning someone’s friends against them. You can also be bullied via abusive text messages or online.
Remember it is not your fault!
Although it’s hard to feel sorry for bullies, it might help to understand that happy people don’t need to make others feel unhappy or small. It’s the bullies who have a problem, not the people they target.
What should I do?
- Speak out. You do not deserve to be treated unfairly. Keep a diary of what happens, with names, dates, times and where the bullying has taken place. This will help you remember things clearly when you feel ready to tell someone about what is happening.
- If you’re being bullied through texts or phone calls, save messages and record calls. Do not reply to any texts. This is exactly what the bully wants you to do.
Who should I tell?
As many people as you can. Sometimes just having things out in the open can be enough to make bullies stop. If it’s at school, your teachers should be able to help (your school should have an anti-bullying policy). It doesn’t have to be a teacher it can be anyone you trust.