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 - you can talking to someone about it can often really help.

 

What is bullying?

Bullying can mean many different things and young people have described bullying as:

  • being called names
  • being put down or humiliated
  • being teased
  • being pushed or pulled about
  • having money and other possessions taken or messed about with
  • having rumours spread about you
  • being ignored and left out
  • being hit, kicked or physically hurt
  • being threatened or intimidated

These things can happen at school or at home, but they can also happen online or on social networks.

Bullying can also be part of other forms of abuse, including neglect, emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

 

Building your self-esteem
Being bullied can knock anybody’s confidence. A single insult can stay with you for a long time - to the point where you start believing that what the bullies say about you is true - even though it isn't. Nobody deserves to be bullied and it isn't your fault that you are the target - it can happen to anybody.
Find out how you can build your confidence and self-esteem

 

You are not alone
Sadly, lots of young people have experienced bullying from name-calling on social networks to physical threats.

 

Why am I being bullied?

People can be bullied for all sorts of reasons or for no particular reason at all. Sometimes people who bully others pick up on a small thing that makes someone stand out and they use it to hurt them. This might be the way someone looks, the things they like doing or even what kinds of clothes they wear.

Everyone is different, and it’s these differences that make people who they are. If you are being bullied in person or online, then you might think that it's your fault - but it isn't.

 

 

 

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