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  Children and bullying

31 August 2011

If someone, or a group of people at your school are making you feel bad about yourself or keep hurting you (physically, mentally, emotionally), then you are probably being bullied. If you have never been bullied before it is sometimes difficult to understand what is happening. But if someone is doing any of these things:
  • Calling you names
  • Taunting you
  • Physically hurting you
  • Taking, hiding or damaging your things
  • Telling lies about you
  • Leaving you out of group activities
  • Ignoring you
  • Making you do things you don’t want to do

then you are being bullied and must tell someone.

The worst thing you can do is keep it to yourself, as no one will know what you are going through and no one will be able to help you. Don’t worry, you are not alone. There are lots of other children at school, even at your school, who are in exactly the same position as you.
 
Your school has something called an anti-bullying policy which deals with all types of bullying. If you tell a teacher what is going on, the school has to do something about it. If you really feel you can’t tell a teacher, then tell your parents or an adult you trust.

You can also call Childline confidentially on 0800 1111. The people who answer the phones are expert at dealing with calls about bullying and will be able to help you.