Are you being bullied and need some help?
Being bullied can feel like the worst thing in the world. You probably feel very alone and upset. You might even think that you're somehow responsible. You're not - and there's lots of help and support out there for you.
There are many different excuses a bully might use for why they pick on you. But the real reason is probably nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.
This website provides information on lots of different subjects and bullying is a very important one. But the most detailed information you can find online is provided by charities set up to tackle bullying specifically. Visit our More help and advice page to find out more.
Don't keep it to yourself
There are lots of types of bullying and the way to deal with them differs every time. The most important thing is that you tell someone about what's happening:
- Talk to your parents, teacher or other adult you trust.
- Contact a specialist charity such as Beatbullying which has a CyberMentor scheme (see below for details).
- You could call ChildLine on 0800 1111. You can speak to a professional in confidence without having to give your name.
- If the bullying is happening at school contact your Safer Schools Officer. Most types of bullying aren't normally a matter for police unless someone is hurt or a crime is committed. But one of the jobs of the Safer Schools Officers is to help teachers prevent bullying so they will want to know what's going on. Find out how to contact your Safer School Officer here.
Is it getting serious?
If you've been physically attacked or assaulted, then the police must get involved. As well as speaking to your Safer Schools Officer there are other ways to report a crime:
Registered charity Beatbullying can offer access to highly-trained young people who offer support and advice online.