Bullying

Bullying may happen to you at school or college, among our friends, at home or at work. It thrives on silence; those who are being bullied often feel there is nothing to be gained by speaking out against the person who is doing the bullying, therefore allowing the bullying to continue.

It is not just a physical thing; name-calling and teasing can be just as hard to deal with as violence. Cyber bullying - someone sending horrible texts or emails or making nasty calls - also happens.

If you think you're being bullied, there are things you can do. Trying to ignore bullying doesn't always work, but sometimes the people who bully others get bored if you ignore their teasing.

You should tell someone that you trust, such as a teacher or friend. Talking about your problems can help, and the person you tell may have an idea about how you can get the bullying to stop. People who have been bullied often think they've done something wrong, but it's the person who is doing the bullying that has the problem.

If you try and note down instances of when you're being bullied, it can help you when you talk to someone about your situation. Write down details such as when and where you were bullied, what was said or done and who was doing it.

If you bully others, you should talk to someone you trust to see how you can express what's going on in other ways, before things go too far and a complaint is made against you.

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"If you try and note down instances of when you're being bullied, it can help you when you talk to someone about your situation"