Bullying - Introduction

This section is for young people who are concerned about bullying. Maybe you are being bullied or a friend is, or you have become involved in some type of bullying yourself?

The information here will help you to understand bullying as well as your rights and how you can get help. It’s important that you can understand the effects of bullying and figure out ways of getting help and stopping the problem.

‘Bullying is repeated aggression, verbal, psychological or physical, racial, sexual or relational, conducted by an individual or group against others.’

Cool School Anti Bullying Programme

Check out the Finding Help page for contact details of organisations, websites and help lines that provide information, advice and support.


If you are being bullied, you are not alone. Bullying is a common problem and help is available. ALL bullying is wrong and it is important that you talk about the problem with someone you can trust.

Did You Know?

Bullying is a common problem among teens in Ireland. In September 2010, The Irish Independent newspaper reported that 70% of teens have experienced some kind of bullying. Verbal bullying was reported as the biggest problem (name calling, teasing or taunting).

Other types of bullying reported were ‘exclusion bullying’ ­– deliberately isolating or leaving someone out – and cyber bullying – using phones or the internet to bully someone (sometimes called ‘E-Bullying’).

What are my rights?

No one should have to put up with bullying.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (which Ireland signed up to in 1992) provides many rights to all children and young people. It says that you have the right:

  • To be protected and live free of violence, abuse or harm.
  • To be treated with dignity and respect.
  • To be free from discrimination.

For more information on your rights, check out this Unicef document.

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