How do we know it's bullying?
Bullying can mean many different things, and so it’s hard sometimes to know what is bullying and what isn’t. If something is done with the aim of upsetting or hurting someone else then that is bullying, this can involve many different actions such as: name-calling, causing physical harm to someone, sending hurtful text messages or spreading false gossip about someone.
It's not just physical damage being done
Bullying is a very serious thing as it can cause people to feel depressed, lonely and sometimes can drive people to feel suicidal. If you think you are being bullied you may feel as though it is your fault – this is not true! The best advice is to try to ignore the bullies as this will show them that they won’t get the effect of upsetting you they are looking for, and remember there is ALWAYS someone you can talk to, whether it is a teacher, school nurse, best friend, parent or a health professional.
Talk to someone
Bullying can also be part of other forms of abuse so it’s important that if you know someone who is being bullied that you tell someone about it such as a teacher or another trusted adult.
Getting Help Locally
ABC - Working to make things better for anyone affected by bullying, providing help and support to educate and change lives.
Stay Strong - Amy Jones, having experienced bullying at a young age, created an 'awareness campaign' about bullying
National Support Websites
Bullying UK - Listening, supportive and non-judgemental
Childline - For information on bullying or to talk to a counsellor online
Kidscape - Advice for young people on dealing with bullying
Need someone to talk to?
SHAC - Sexual Health and Contraception
YZUP - Wise up to Drugs and Alcohol
Ask PHIL - support, information and advice on local services
ABC - Anti-bullying in Cornwall
Childline - a free 24 hour counselling service for children and young people
Samaritans - 24 hour confidential emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts
Brook - free and confidential sexual health advice and contraception to young people
Kooth - free online support for young people
Think you know - internet safety and safe surfing for young people
Talk to Frank - friendly, confidential drugs advice