Bullying and cyberbullying

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What is bullying?

Bullying can happen anywhere - at school, at home or online. If it's online it's called cyberbullying.

It’s usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt you both physically and emotionally. 

Bullying can happen at any time and to any child. It is a frightening experience, and can make you feel isolated and damage your self-confidence.  If you or a friend are being bullied it is important to do something now.

Bullying can include:

  • Being called hateful or hurtful names, teasing, insulting and using verbal threats.
  • Making things up to get children into trouble; taking or hiding your belongings or money
  • Hitting, pinching, biting, kicking, pushing and shoving.
  • Spreading rumours, for example, on social networking sites like 'Facebook' 
  • Threatening, tormenting or intimidating
  • Making silent or abusive phone calls
  • Leaving you out on purpose
  • Posting, commenting on or liking nasty photos, videos or posts about you online

See more information about online safety on the Keeping Safe Online page on this website.

Don’t ignore bullying
Don’t ignore bullying, it won’t go away. If you are being bullied, it can be making your life really miserable and you need to talk to someone about what is happening 

There is lots of information, help and support available with numbers to call and talk to someone about what's happening to you or a friend.

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