Bullying can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online. It’s usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child both physically and emotionally.
If you think your child or a child you know is being bullied it is important to take immediate action. Bullying can happen at any time and to any child.
Bullying is a frightening experience. It can isolate and damage a child or young person's self-confidence. Ongoing bullying can have a serious, long-term impact on a child's wellbeing, and can lead to depression and even suicidal thoughts and actions.
Bullying can include:
Bullies who continually harm other children are likely to be experiencing difficulties of their own.
Bullying online is known as cyberbullying. Because children and young people spend a lot of time online and may face risks such as cyberbullying or being exposed to inappropriate content. See more information about online safety on the keeping safe online page and visit CEOP's Think You Know parents' pages