What Is Bullying?

Bullying can happen to anyone at any age. Being bullied at school, home or online might involve someone pushing you, hitting you, teasing you, talking about you or calling you names. Nobody has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad. If you are being bullied you don’t have to deal with it alone – talking to someone about it can often really help.

Physical bullying can include:

  • Taking your money or personal belongings
  • Pushing, hitting, kicking or punching
  • Sexual abuse, including unwanted physical contact or comments

Verbal bullying can include:

  • Teasing
  • Sarcasm
  • Name calling
  • Continually ignoring someone
  • Racist and/or sexual remarks

Indirect bullying can include:

  • Spreading rumours or starting gossip about you
  • Getting you into trouble for no real reason
  • Excluding you
  • Sending you hurtful messages via text message, email, telephone, letters or on Social Networking Sites

Do you feel that you, or someone you know is being bullied?

Always tell someone if you feel that you are being bullied such as a teacher or your parents.

The websites below contain information and guidance for children and young people affected by bullying, including videos made by teenagers and cyber mentors/emailing advice service

Young Minds

Teens against Bullying


Bullying UK

Stop. Speak. Support.