What is bullying?
Bullying includes many things, such as someone:
- calling you a name or saying hurtful things to you
- taking money or food off you
- swearing at you
- pushing you around
- hurting your body in any way, such as pushing, pinching, punching or kicking you
- leaving you out or ignoring you
VERY IMPORTANT: Bullying is NOT your fault and never something that you deserve. You should be able to feel happy and safe wherever you are.
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What to do if you are being bullied…
If you are being bullied, it can be very helpful to talk to someone you trust. This person might be a grownup such as a Kids Helpline counsellor, parent, grandparent, carer or a teacher. Or you might want to talk to your brother or sister, or a friend -someone who will believe you and listen to you.
Speaking out about bullying
When you tell someone about being bullied, it will help if you:
- take your time telling your story. Don’t rush
- be honest about who is hurting you and tell your trusted adult what you would like to happen
- if nothing changes keep telling this person and other people you trust about what’s happening, or you might like to try telling someone else
What else can I do about bullying?
- Don’t keep it a secret – telling someone really can help
- If possible, avoid being alone with kids who bully – it can be safer with others around
- Don’t fight back – it can make matters worse
- Don’t bully or tease back
- Try to be calm
- Practice what you might say or do if someone is bullying you. You might like to try this with someone you trust or you might like to talk with a Kids Helpline counsellor about this
- Talk to a teacher. Most schools have a plan to stop bullying and will be able to help you.
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This topic was reviewed in January 2014.
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