Bullying – Advice for young people

Bullying is when a person or group of people makes someone feel frightened or bad about themselves. This can include name-calling, violence, theft or being forced to do something you don’t want to do.

Bullying is very upsetting and people being bullied are often too scared to tell anyone about it.

Bullies should not be allowed to behave in this way and there are things that can be done to stop it. It may be difficult, but if you are being bullied, you must tell a friend, teacher or your parents so that they can stop the bully. Once you have told someone you are no longer alone and the bully will have lost their power.

People who are being bullied may feel that they don't want to go to school and pretend to be ill. But this could get you or your parents into trouble and will only add to the problem.

In extreme cases, the bullying may involve threatening phone calls or emails. This is a criminal offence and the police can take action.

There is an anti-bullying charity called Kidscape which may be able to help. Good advice on how to deal with bullying is available on its website www.kidscape.org.uk and on www.bullying.co.uk

You can also phone the Samaritans on 08457 909090 at any time of the day or night

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