What is bullying?
- It is behaviour by an individual or a group that is seen by you as an attempt to hurt, frighten, humiliate or threaten you or someone else, particularly if the behaviour is repeated or persistent.
Bullying can be
- Physical Hitting, pushing, taking someone's belongings.
- Verbal Name calling, insulting, racist or sexist remarks, threatening or demanding money.
- Indirect Spreading rumours, sending abusive text messages/emails, excluding someone from a group.
How to react
- Try to ignore bullies, walk away and do not let them see that you are upset.
- Don't give them the satisfaction of getting a reaction from you.
- If you can, calmly stand up for yourself and ask them to stop their behaviour.
- Try to stay with your friends and avoid being on your own.
What will happen if you tell a teacher?
- The teacher will listen to you and offer support.
- The teacher can talk to the person who is bullying you (if you agree) and take action against the bullying
What to do if you see bullying
- Stay with the victim
- Comfort and support the victim.
- Tell someone e.g. a teacher what you have seen.
- Tell the victim to report the incident.
- If you are in a group where one member is bullying, show that you disapprove, because by doing nothing you support the bully.
BULLIES NEED HELP TO OVERCOME THEIR PROBLEMS – SO DON’T IGNORE BULLYING