Here you’ll find answers to some common questions concerning bullying.

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Bullying is where a person or group behave in a way that is intended to hurt someone else, either physically or emotionally.

Bullying is sometimes a one-off act, but often it can be part of a repeated set of behaviours that happen over time, meaning that its effects mount up and add to the feelings of fear, depression and despair.

There are many different types of bullying, including:

  • physical assault
  • teasing
  • making threats
  • name-calling
  • excluding behaviours 

and many of these can happen online as well as in person.

Bullying is often targeted at certain groups, for example because of their gender, sexuality, race or religion but it’s not really about that at all. Put simply, bullying is about one group or individual trying to make themselves feel powerful over someone else.

Bullying is never ok and all schools, colleges and training providers should work hard to help make it stop once they know it is going on. They will usually have a policy about bullying that explains what they will do to stop it.

The most important thing to remember if you find yourself being bullied is that it is not your fault, so you shouldn’t blame yourself or let yourself believe what the bully says about you.

If you start to feel like you are being targeted, here are some ideas that may help you cope:

Who can I talk to?

  • Friends
  • Family
  • Someone you trust at school
  • Youth worker
  • Health professional (GP; Counsellor Nurse)
  • Charities and Helplines

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