What is bullying?
Bullying is repeated behaviour intended to hurt someone emotionally or physically. Bullying is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.
Bullying can take many forms including:
- physical assault
- social bullying
- threatening behaviour
- name calling
Bullying affects lots of people and it can happen anywhere. For example, at school, travelling to and from school, in sports teams, or in friendship or family groups.
How to respond to bullying?
If you feel able to, please confide in someone you trust. You can ask a friend to come with you to speak to an adult you trust so you do not feel alone. Don't be tempted to respond to any bullying or hit back because you could get hurt or get into trouble.