What to do about bullying
Bullying may not stop unless you tell some who can help. We know that bullying goes on in and out of school, and parents, carers, teachers and other professionals have a duty to take action if they suspect or discover that child(ren) are being bullied.
Bullying can include:
- People calling you names
- Making things up to get you into trouble
- Hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving
- Taking things away from you
- Damaging your belongings
- Stealing your money
- Taking your friends away from you
- Spreading rumours
- Threats and intimidation
- Making silent or abusive phone calls
- Bullies can also frighten you so that you don’t want to go to school, so that you pretend to be ill to avoid them
Are you being bullied?
Or do you know someone who is being bullied?
Talk to your parent or an adult in your family
Talk to a teacher
Talk to an adult family friend
Talk to a neighbour
Are you a bully?
Maybe your mates think it’s okay, they might encourage you or laugh about it, but it’s not okay. You are hurting someone else because you want to, and they don’t deserve it.
You could be responsible for someone killing themselves – nearly 20 people a year kill themselves because they can’t stand being bullied.
You should stop! If you can’t stop, get some advice. Talk to a trusted adult about it.