​FAQs: What can students do if bullying happens?

The series FAQs: Bullying in schools answers frequently asked questions about bullying, provides useful advice to parents and students about dealing with bullying, and summarises contemporary approaches to bullying in Australian school communities.

Download the complete set of frequently asked questions (PDF, 135KB) or read individual questions here. (See the menu for the range of FAQs).

What can I do if I am being bullied in person?
What can I do if I am being bullied online?
What can I do if I see someone else being bullied?

What can I do if I am being bullied in person?

If you are being bullied, and you feel safe to do so:

  • ignore them
  • tell them to stop and then walk away
  • pretend you don’t care - try to act unaffected or unimpressed
  • go somewhere safe
  • talk to an adult at the school or at home
  • get support from your friends; ask friends, parents or teachers for their help to deal with the issue safely.

Having the courage to talk to someone is important if you are being bullied. Sometimes, just telling someone firmly to stop bullying you can be effective.

If that doesn’t work, ask friends, parents or teachers for their help to deal with the issue safely.

What can I do if I am being bullied online?

If you are being bullied online (cyberbullied), and you feel safe to do so:

  • don't respond to the message or image
  • save the evidence as a screenshot if you wish to use it as part of dealing with the bullying
  • block the sender and delete the message
  • report the situation to the website or Internet Service Provider
  • talk to trusted people—friends, adults, teachers, parents and police if necessary.

Read some more tips about staying safe online.

What can I do if I see someone else being bullied?

The For teens and the For kids sections provide information about things to do. If you see someone else being bullied, and feel safe to do so, you can:

  • refuse to join in
  • not watch
  • tell the person doing the bullying to stop
  • tell the person doing the bullying that you will talk to a teacher
  • say something supportive to the person who is being bullied or invite them to join your group
  • say to the person being bullied that the other person’s behaviour is not okay
  • leave negative online conversations – don’t join in with online bullying.

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