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Are you being bullied?

If you are being bullied, the most important thing you can do is to tell someone you trust.

Bullying can mean different things for different people, it could be:

  • being called names or teased
  • being pinched, punched, pushed, or pulled
  • being threatened or picked on
  • having your bag and other things thrown around
  • having rumours spread about you
  • being ignored and left out
  • being forced to hand over money or things that belong to you
  • getting silent or abusive phone calls or offensive texts
  • insulting messages about you on the internet
  • using weapons against you

What is online/cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is an increasingly common form of bullying behaviour which happens on social networks, games and mobile phones. Cyberbullying can include spreading rumours about someone, or posting nasty or embarrassing messages, images or videos.

Children may know who's bullying them online – it may be an extension of offline peer bullying - or they may be targeted by someone using a fake or anonymous account. It’s easy to be anonymous online and this may increase the likelihood of engaging in bullying behaviour.

Cyberbullying can happen at any time or anywhere - a child can be bullied when they are alone in their bedroom - so it can feel like there’s no escape. (NSPCC, 2016)

Childline is a great website to get more information and explains what to do if you are being bullied.

'For me' is Childline's brand new app where you can access Childline's online services through your tablet or smartphone. You can use this to have a 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor; access the 'Ask Sam' problem pages; and view the 'Private Locker' - a personal area where young people can track their mood and write down their thoughts.

The police have launched information on being cyber smart which can be found here.