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What is bullying?

Have you been bullied?

Bullying can happen to anyone, at any age and it affects lots of people. People bully others for all sorts of reasons, and sometimes for no reason at all. People might bully others because of the colour of their hair or skin, for being clever, the clothes they wear, the activities they like doing or because they are deaf.

Bullying is never okay and it’s important to remember it’s not your fault.

Being bullied affects how you feel – it can make you feel upset, sad, worried and make you have little confidence in yourself. You may feel like you don’t want to go to school, college or work anymore, but there are things you can do to put a stop to the bullying and feel good about yourself.

You can talk to friends, family or a teacher. It doesn’t matter who you tell as long as you think about telling someone. Bullying can be one of these things, or a few of them and it can happen again and again.

The important thing to remember is that if you don’t like something that someone is doing, you don’t have to put up with it – tell someone.

Friend or bully?

Have a look at our other info pages on bullying:

  • Top Tips – what can you do about bullying?  If you’re being bullied, here are some ideas on things that can help.
  • Stop cyberbullying following you around. Bullying online or through text messaging is just as hurtful as bullying in real life. Find out how to stop it.
  • Where to get help. Don’t worry, there’s lots of really great places and people who can help and support you if you think you are being bullied.
  • Do others think I’m a bully? How can I stop? Sometimes, when it’s difficult at home or we aren’t happy we take it out on other people. If you think you may have bullied, we have some info to help you.

Are you a parent or a professional?

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