A bully is someone who purposefully goes out of their way to continuously bring a person down. A simple one-off argument with a friend is not bullying, however if a person was repeatedly calling you names, or physically hurting you then this is percieved as bullying.
If you feel like you are being repeatedly victimised by the same person, or group of people for a long period of time then you can label this as bullying.
What can I do about it?
Bullies feel a strong sense of power over other people, and feel like they can abuse this power by victimising others. Listed below are some steps you can take to protect yourself:
- Make sure you always tell someone, you should never feel too scared to talk about being bullied as people only want to help you. You can talk to a teacher at your school or your parents and together work out a way to resolve the issues.
- If it is safe to do so, then you could stand up to the bully, therefore removing their sense of power and bringing them back to reality.
- If you are being violently attacked, you should curl up into a tight ball and put your arms over your head to protect it.
- If you are being harassed by a particular person or group of people, aim to avoid them as much as you can!
There are many people that you can report bullying to:
- A teacher or guidance counsellor in your school,
- Your parents,
- Another family member or family friend,
- A trusted adult,
- If the bullying is severe and involves criminal activity such as assault, then you can report this to the Police.
- If you are unsure what to do then you can contact us at Teenage Helpline by going to the Contact Us page or e-mailing us at email@example.com.
"I am not involved in any of the bullying, but I have seen it happening" - If you are able to say this then you should do something about it! Doing nothing is simply not an option.
What can I do about it?
Being a witness does not necessarily mean that you have to physically get involved and stop the bullying yourself, your safety is just as important as the victims and if it is not safe to do so then you should keep a safe distance.
- If you are in school, and someone is being bullied then you can go and get a teacher who will be able to intervene.
- If you are in a public place you can find a trusting adult who may be able to intervene.
- If someone is being physically assaulted it may be necessary to call the Police and even and Ambulance.
- If witnessing bullying taking place in an online environment, screenshot evidence and use this to report them to a teacher or trusted adult.
- Only if it is safe to do so then you can intervene yourself.
Doing nothing is not an option, and by allowing someone to be victimised without doing anything means that you are contributing to the bullying yourself.
Cyberbullying is a lot harder to control, and a lot of the time you might not be able to report this to your school as they are unable to police it. To help prevent cyberbullying you should ensure that fully understand how to use the social media sites that you use.
If you have fallen victim to cyberbullying, their are two main authorities you could report this to:
- Your local police, make sure that you collect evidence through screenshots as it may get deleted! You can contact your local Police by calling the local number or dialling 101 for the non-emergency number.
- C.E.O.P - This stands for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, and you can get to their website by clicking here. C.E.O.P are specialised in internet support and protection, and also linked directly to the Police.
- You could report cyberbullying to your school, however some schools may not want to get involved.