What is bullying?
If you are being bullied, remember, 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.
Bullying involves repeatedly harming someone – emotionally, physically or both. It can involve:
‘Sometimes people say "sticks and stones may break your bones but names will never hurt you". This isn't true. Names do hurt. A lot! Sometimes you can hear the words in your head long after it's happened. It can be hard to forget what people say about you and the way people can laugh at you. You just have to try your best not to believe any of it is true.’
There can be a number of reasons why people may choose to bully:
No, bullying is not a part of growing up. It is a serious problem.
Have you tried talking to someone but they said things like:
If you are being bullied, then it IS bad and it IS a big deal
Life always has its ups and downs and some problems, if ignored, do pass. Disagreements among friends, changing friendships and experiencing a range of feelings is a part of growing up – we all have good days and bad days. But when most days seem like bad days or problems don’t go away this is a bigger issue and you need help.
When you talk to an adult about this serious problem, choose a time when you know they are able to listen and give you their full attention. If the adult is busy or distracted and there is a lot going on, your problem may not be fully heard. It is important that you persist and make yourself heard.
Go to What to do if you’re being bullied for ideas. If you don’t get a helpful response from an adult you are talking to, then try to think of someone else who will listen.