Bullying is intentional behaviour and involves an imbalance of power between the bully and the person being bullied. Bullying is not a one off incident.

Definition of Bullying

“Deliberate hurtful behaviour repeated over a period of time and in circumstances where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves” - Don’t Suffer in Silence", DfES.

Bullying can include:

  • name calling
  • 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
  • posting insulting messages on the internet or by IM
  • bullies can also frighten you so that you don't want to go to school, so that you pretend to be ill to avoid them

What to do if you are being bullied?

If you are being bullied, it’s important that try to find the courage to tell a friend, someone at school or your parents. It won't stop unless you do something! It can be hard to do this, so if you don't feel you can do it in person it might be easier to write a note, or perhaps confide in someone outside the immediate family, like a grandparent or cousin and ask them to help you tell your parents what’s going on. You may even want to start a diary; it’s great to untangle your feelings by putting them on a page.

More information

Anti-Bullying Alliance

The anti-bullying alliance is an alliance of many anti-bullying organisations which produces bulletins of the latest information and research together with materials for national Anti-Bullying Week in November each year.

Beatbullying/Cyber mentors

Beatbullying works with children and young people across the UK to provide them with all important opportunities to make positive and lasting changes to their lives and outlook.


Youthline is a local counselling service that provides the opportunity for young people to share anxieties, issues and problems.

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