Don’t ignore bullying, it won’t go away. If you are being bullied, it can be making your life really miserable and you need to talk to someone about what is happening.
Ideally you should talk to your parents or carers or your teacher if the bullying is happening at school. If you can’t talk to your parents or teacher, a friend could maybe talk to them for you. You must tell someone though. You might want to talk to:-
- Auntie or other relative
- Parents’ friend
- School counsellor
- Youth worker
- School nurse
If the bullying is going on at school, the school should operate an anti-bullying policy. Maybe your teacher doesn’t know you are being bullied.
Keep telling people until it stops. The bullying may not stop the first time you tell your parents or teacher and they try and put a stop to it. If it continues, tell your parents or teacher again.
In extreme cases, if bullying is interfering with your education and making you miserable it may be possible for you to change schools if it doesn’t stop once you have reported it.
If you are being bullied online on websites such as Facebook you can report it using the CEOP button (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) button. You could also contact cybermentors.
There are more websites in our next section or helplines where you can get advice. Don’t put up with bullying, it is out of order and no one deserves to be bullied.
Some people who have been bullied feel down and depressed. You may feel anxious and lonely or worthless. Some people who have been bullied self-harm to try and cope with being bullied or turn to drugs or alcohol. There are different pages on these issues on our website here. If you are experiencing any problems like this because of the bullying, talk to your GP now. Your GP has to keep any information confidential but can help you if the bullying is starting to have an impact on your health.
See our section on further sources of help.