What is Bullying?

Bullying is prolonged behaviour that intentionally mentally or physically hurts or provokes an individual. This can be for any reason including race, religion, homophobia or disability. Bullying in schools can often be based off differences and the isolation of its victims based off who they are. Consistent bullying is never acceptable and nobody should ever be allowed to get away with it.

Some types of Bullying include:

  • Physical Bullying
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Verbal Bullying

Consequences of Bullying?

Bullying can have huge detrimental effect on the victim. It can lead to other Mental Health Issues such as depression, anxiety and even self-harm. It can also cause social isolation and low self esteem. In addition it can have an effect on academic achievement as it makes victims feel less self value. Cyber Bullying can also make its victims feel insecure about themselves and unsafe. Physical Bullying has similar effects causing fear and paranoia.

ChildLine on Bullying

“a good way to deal with bullying is too build up your own self-confidence – people can only put you down if you let them”


Try something new for the first time
It could be anything, even something small like putting your hand up in a lesson to answer a question. You’ll start to realise that you can actually do things you didn’t think you could do. Keep trying little new things. And you’ll feel gradually more confident.

Write down some things you like about yourself
Everyone has positive things about who they are. So write down yours. It could be your taste in music. Or the fact that you’re a good listener.

Do something nice for someone
You could give someone a compliment. Or you could help at home with some chores. Doing something nice for someone can really help you feel better about yourself.


“Being assertive means being able to stand up for yourself without being aggressive. If you’re assertive, you can say what you really think without being pushy or rude. Sometimes it can be hard to say what you really feel, especially if it means disagreeing with someone else. You can practise being assertive by writing down what you want to say, and choosing the right time to say it. Over time, being a bit more assertive can really help get bullying stopped.”

Childline Operator
  • Tell a friend: Your friends can support you, even if you’re not ready to tell them all the details. They can help take your mind off it and support you when you’re feeling down. Or they might help you tell the people to stop bullying you. You can also get support from other young people who are in a similar situation.
  • Tell an adult: You could tell a parent or guardian, or someone you trust about the bullying. They can give you advice and support.
  • Tell a teacher: The teachers in your school have a duty to look after you. And you have a right to feel safe at school. Ask about the anti-bullying policy at your school – this should have details of what the school will do to tackle bullying.

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