​​​​​​I'm being bullied

There are some important things you should do if you are being bullied.

Tell someone

Tell your mum or dad, one of your family, a grandparent, teacher, friend or someone else who you think will listen to you. Ask them to help you work out what to do.

Tell a teacher. It doesn't matter where it happens - in school, out of school or online - teachers want to stop bullying when they know about it.

If bullying is happening on your phone or the internet, keep messages and posts that hurt you or write down what happened and show an adult.

Stay positive - be confident

Think about positive things:

  • what you like doing at school and away from school
  • what you are good at
  • the people who like you and care about you.

Try some things yourself if you feel safe

If it happens in person:

  • Tell the other person 'I don't like that'. Use a strong and confident voice. Even if you don't feel strong and confident, fake it!
  • Talk with the person who is bullying you (if you think it's a safe thing to do). Ask them if there is a problem that you might be able to sort out together. If you feel too scared to do it alone, ask a friend to come with you.
  • If possible, ignore the person bullying you. When they are ignored, kids who bully often lose interest. If that doesn't work, tell someone and ask for their help.
  • Don't try to get back at the person who bullies you. It usually doesn't work, and you can end up in trouble too.
  • Hang around people who help you feel good about yourself. Friends don't bully you. They care about you and are fun to be around.

If it happens on the phone or internet:

  • Don't respond to the other person but keep the message or post to show someone when you are getting help.
  • Ask for help to turn on a block so you don't get the bullying posts or texts.​

Read more tips for kids at the National Centre Against Bullying.​

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