Bullying is a behaviour that:

  • is repeated
  • is intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally
  • is often aimed at certain groups, for example because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation
  • can occur online and in person
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There are different types of bullying:

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Verbal Bullying is:

  • Teasing
  • Sarcasm
  • Name Calling or humiliating someone
  • Threatening someone or trying to intimidate them
  • Continually ignoring someone
  • Racist and/or sexual remarks
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Physical Bullying is:

  • Taking your money or personal belongings
  • Pushing, pinching, hitting, kicking or punching
  • Sexual abuse, including unwanted physical contact or comments
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Indirect Bullying is:

  • Spreading rumours or starting group chats about you
  • Making things up to get others into trouble
  • Damaging others belongings
  • Taking friends away to make someone feel left out
  • Sending or posting hurtful text messages, phone calls, or messages on social networking sites.

Do you feel that you, or someone you know is being bullied? Tell someone who you trust such as a parent/carer, teacher or friend. Do not suffer in silence.

To find out more about bullying and cyberbullying (online bullying), including how to deal with bullying, supporting yourself or someone else if you are a victim of bullying and getting help to stop you if you are bullying someone, visit Childline.

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Getting help

If you are affected by child abuse or neglect, it can really help to talk to someone you trust.

Where can I get help?