Bullying is anything that someone does to make you feel frightened or bad about yourself, such as:
- Calling you names
- Making things up to get you into trouble
- Hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving
- Taking things away from you
- Damaging your belongings
- Stealing your money
- Taking your friends away from you
- Spreading rumours
- Threats and intimidation
- Making silent or abusive phone calls
- Sending you offensive phone texts.
It can really help if you talk to someone in your family, a carer, one of your friends, a teacher, or you can contact Childline at any time. It can also help to speak to a doctor; many doctors are very sympathetic about the effects of bullying and yours may be able to write a note for the school explaining the effect that bullying is having on your health.
Cyber bullying is when a person, or a group of people, use the internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to threaten, tease or abuse someone. It's against the law to bully someone in this way and if someone is being mean or threatening you, something can be done to stop them.
If you are being a victim of cyber bullying:
- Talk to someone you trust like a parent or teacher as they can help you sort it out
- Don’t reply to any messages you receive as this may encourage the bullies
- Keep a copy of any abusive emails, texts or messages that you received and when they were sent to you
- Block email addresses and/or complain to the host website.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is where you can find help and advice about online safety and report online abuse.
How to get help
If you are being bullied, please get the support that you need as soon as possible, there are lots of organisations that can help:
Or contact the South Norfolk Help Hub:
Call 01508 533933
Text ADVICE followed by your message to 87007