What is bullying?
It's more than just a fight or disliking someone.
- It’s being mean to someone over and over again
- Bullying is when someone or a group of people who have more power than you repeatedly use words or actions to hurt you
- Bullying can happen anywhere – at home, with friends, online, at school or on the bus
Types of bullying
There are many different types of bullying:
"A study reported 1 in 4 Australian students experience bullying.
So if you’re being bullied, you’re NOT alone."
Why do people bully others?
There are lots of reasons why someone might bully others. Whatever the reason, bullying is never ok.
Someone who bullies another person might:
- Feel jealous
- Want others to like them
- Want to feel better about themselves
- Want to fit in with their friends
- Feel angry inside
- Like to be in control or have power over others
- Have been bullied themselves
- Not know what they're doing is wrong
What effect can bullying have?
Bullying can be very hurtful and cause lots of pain. You may:
Have trouble sleeping
Lose your appetite
Have trouble concentrating
Feel down about yourself
Find it hard to cope
Have thoughts of hurting yourself
Have trouble with school work
Feel physically sick
Feel hopeless or powerless
Feel alone, sad, angry or confused
Feel unsafe or afraid
What to do if you’re being bullied?
There’s always something you can do.
Here are some ideas:
- Keep your distance from the bully
- Don’t respond and try to ignore it
- Talk to an adult you trust
- Take time to do something nice for yourself
- Have someone help you report cyberbullying or assault
"You don't have to put up with bullying. Talk to a counsellor at Kids Helpline, they really helped me feel better" - Lucy, 14
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