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Bullying isn't fair. If you are or have been bullied you’ll know how it can feel. Bullying can take many forms -

  • teasing and name calling
  • damaging somebody's stuff
  • spreading rumours about somebody
  • leaving someone out of a group
  • threatening someone or beating them up
  • silent phone calls
  • abusive texts
  • upsetting emails

People are bullied for lots of different reasons -

  • they're quiet
  • they're good looking
  • they’re of a certain religion
  • because of the place they come from

Whatever the reason, it's important to remember that bullying is not normal. No one deserves to be bullied - simple as that.

Tips if you feel you are being bullied

  • Try to stay calm and look as confident as you can
  • Be firm and clear - look them in the eyes and tell them to stop
  • Get away from the situation as quickly as possible
  • Don't blame yourself for what has happened

Tell an adult

  • Tell an adult what has happened straight away or if you do not feel comfortable telling an adult, talk to another pupil
  • Tell a teacher or another adult in your school - your head of year, form tutor or learning mentor will all be able to help
  • Tell your family
  • If you are scared to tell a teacher or an adult on your own, ask a friend to go with you
  • Keep on speaking until someone listens and does something to stop the bullying

Get help

You can also talk to someone about bullying at one of these organisations -

  • The Warren in Hull - 01482 218 115
  • The Community Anti bullying Project - 0800 915 4545
  • NSPCC child protection - 0808 800 5000 (24 hours, free)
  • Childline - 0800 11 11 (Calls are free from most mobiles and do not show up on your phone bill)

You can also visit the Anti-bullying Alliance website.

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