What can I do if I am being bullied?
- Don’t ignore bullying – it won’t go away on its own and it may get worse.
- Tell someone you trust – such as a teacher, parent or friend.
- Remember – it’s not your fault. No one deserves to be bullied.
Here are some other things you can do to try and keep safe and stop the bullying:
- Keep a record – and save any nasty texts or emails that you have been sent.
- Try to stay away from the bullies or stay with a group when you don’t feel safe.
- Ask your mates to look out for you.
- Try not to retaliate – you could get into trouble or get hurt.
- Check the King’s School anti-bullying policy. This will tell you what King’s School will do about bullying.
- Try to act more confident – even if you don’t feel it.
- Call ChildLine for extra help on 0800 1111.
Helping a friend
Maybe you’re not being bullied, but you know someone who is. It may be a good friend or someone you hardly know from another class or from the bus stop.
You might think “What can I do” or “Anything I do won’t help“. Well you are wrong by not ignoring bullying you can help. Bullies often think that they can carry on as no-one will dare stop them.
What CAN you do?
- Let a teacher or other adult know what’s happening.
- Try to be a friend to the person being bullied.
- Refuse to join in.
- Try to be friendly to the bully, but even if you can’t be friends, being kind can sometimes help the bully stop bullying.
- Sometimes you can’t sort it out yourself. Ask an adult for help.
Here is a DON’T
Don’t rush over and take them on - it might not be safe and you don’t want other people to think you are a bully.
Why do bullies do it?
- They have their own problems - they may feel upset or angry or feel that they don’t fit in - perhaps they have problems at home?
- Maybe they get bullied themselves, perhaps by someone in their own family or other adults?
- They’re scared of getting picked on so they do it first.
- They want to show off and seem tough
- Many don’t like themselves and so take it out on someone else.