Bullying is when someone is deliberately unkind to someone else. Sometimes it happens more than once or over a long period of time.
Everyone argues with friends sometimes. But if the person being bullied can't stop the bullying, and the person doing the bullying continues to be unkind, then the situation needs to be stopped.
Take action: You can find out more about how to get help and support to stop all kinds of bullying including homophobic and transphobic bullying and being bullied because of your faith, race, or disability.
Different types of bullying
There are many different types of bullying, including:
- Physical: hitting, kicking, taking belongings
- Verbal: name-calling, insulting, making offensive remarks, making threats
- Cyber-bullying: using mobile phones and computers to hurt or distress others
- Indirect: spreading rumours about someone, and deliberately excluding them from social groups
Bullying is always serious. All schools, youth groups, colleges, and sports groups have policies and learning to help stop bullying.
Instant Expert: Schools and youth groups have lots of different ways to stop bullying. This can involve working with people who bully to help them understand the problems they are causing and stop, but also looks at wider problems and tries to solve them for all the young people involved.
What to do if you are being bullied
If you are being bullied, there are things you can do.
- Talk to someone you trust, like a teacher or your parents
- Tell a friend
- Call Childline on 0800 1111
- Find ways to stay safe and happy
- Don't fight back or respond to abusive messages
Instant Expert: Visit the the Mix for expert chat on problems with bullying.
Supporting your mental wellbeing
If you are having any difficulties at home or school, including bullying, it's really important to look after your mental wellbeing.