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Help from someone you know
You don't need to be alone with bullying. There are people who can listen and help.
It is really important to tell someone who can help. You can talk to:
- a teacher, guidance officer or school counsellor
- someone in your family – aunt, uncle, grandparent
- a friend who could help you.
If things don't get better after you've told someone, tell them again or tell a different person. There is always someone who can help.
Someone else to talk to
If you want to talk to someone else about what's happening, you can contact:
Kids Helpline provides free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25 and helpful information about relationship topics.
ReachOut.com provides an online youth mental health service and information, stories and a support network of other young people who have been through tough personal situations.
- eheadspace also offers online chat or email support services for young people aged 12–25, as well as their family and friends. You can call them on 1800 650 890. its a free call. The eheadspace team are available between 9am – 1am (AEDT) 7 days a week.
If you're outside of Australia, you can go to
Child Helpline International to find a helpline in your country. Click on the 'Where We Work' tab. A world map will appear. Then click on your country and a list of child helplines that you can call in your country for help now will appear.
Reporting serious online bullying
If a person under 18 has experienced serious online bullying, the material can be reported to the
Office of the eSafety Commissioner. The site also provides information on how to
report online bullying directly to the social media service.
You might want to read more to get more ideas about what to do.
jurisdiction's website is often the best place to get information relevant to your school and your situation.
You may also want to visit some other reputable websites in Australia which provide information, advice and stories about other people's experiences of dealing with bullying.
National Centre Against Bullying has tips about how to deal with bullying.
The Australian government's
Office of the eSafety Commissioner is a comprehensive resource for all issues related to online safety and online bullying, and includes a reporting and complaints service for online bullying and harassment. Also check out our
Online safety page for other sites with online safety information.
The Australian Psychology Society's page on
Parenting guide to helping children managing conflict, aggression and bullying provides advice and strategies for parents.
Family-School and Community Partnerships Bureau, funded by the Australian government, fosters parental engagement and community involvement in schools. It conducts research, and provides resources and practical support and advice to parents, principals, teachers and others about how to build and sustain partnerships.
Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gay Students (PFLAG) is an international peer support group that has been operating in Australia for over 30 years.
Raising Children Network is an Australian parenting website providing links to a range of national and state resources, services and support organisations for parents and families of all kinds.
For teens section for sites with additional information about bullying written for young people.
Remember, bullying is serious. Tell someone about it.