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What is bullying?
It’s being mean to someone over and over again.
Bullying is an ongoing or repeated misuse of power in relationships, with the intention to cause deliberate (on purpose) psychological harm. Bullying behaviours can be verbal, physical or social.
Bullying can happen anywhere – at home, online, with friends, in a group, on the bus or at school.
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 bullying
- Don’t bully them back
- Tell them what they are doing is not ok
- 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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