Bullying Advice


Bullying can take many forms, but the most common are,being ignored or left out, being called names, having your money or belongings stolen or damaged, receiving threatening texts or phone calls and being physically assaulted.

Bullying can make young people and children feel lonely, confused and suicidal. It can cause them to stay off school,not want to go anywhere and to lack confidence and self-esteem. Many children and young people are afraid to tell because they think it will only make it worse.

Speak up! People should have the human right to not live in fear! Keep track of what the bully does to you; both physically and verbally, so when it comes to telling someone you can tell them in detail what they have done. It is important that you tell someone  about what is going on as soon as possible, the problem becomes easier to deal with and is more likely to be solved with the help of others.

If the bullying is occurring online or through texts or phone calls then it is important that you save the messages or record the phone calls as this will act as good evidence when it comes to trying to prove you are telling the truth. It is also good not to reply to any of the calls or messages as this could be seen as you retaliating and could also make things worse. Bullies often look for a reaction from you, so if you try your best to ignore them until things get sorted out then they are more likely to back off.

Who can help?

If you or someone you know is being bullied you can contact Childline. A trained counsellor will discuss with you your situation and fears and will help you to think about what you can do and whom you can trust enough to tell.

Childline is a free 24 hour confidential service. The telephone number is 0800 1111

Cyber Bullying

If you have concerns about online bullying check out the CEOP link on the Thingy Homepage