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I'm being bullied

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Bullies find lots of different ways to upset people.

It doesn't have to be hitting or kicking.

Bullying can be teasing, whispering, spreading rumours about people or leaving them out of groups on purpose.

These clues will help you spot some of the signs of bullying.

  1. Punching and kicking
  2. Calling names, staring and whispering
  3. Picking on the same people again and again
  4. Leaving someone out of a game
  5. Taking or hiding things from someone on purpose
  6. Threatening to hurt you if you tell anybody

What can you do?

There may be times in your life when you are bullied.

Remember, it's NOT your fault.

You DO NOT have to put up with it.

Beat the bullies in five easy steps

  1. Say no, mean no - If you don't want to do something, tell the bullies no and mean it.
  2. Stay cool - Don't lose your temper. A bully may upset you but don't rise to it. Stay calm.
  3. Walk away - Walk away and find a friend, teacher, an adult you can trust or your mum or dad and tell them what has happened.
  4. Make new friends - Real friends won't upset or hurt you. Try making new friends who you are happy playing with.
  5. Tell someone - If you are being bullied you must tell an adult. Don't keep it to yourself. The adult could be a teacher, your mum or dad, a relative or a family friend or someone you trust.

Now why not have a go at colouring in your own Beat the Bullies poster? You can print it off from this page. Hopefully it will remind you of how you can beat the bullies.

Information for parents and carers

If your child is being bullied and it is assault, for example they are being hurt through punching, grabbing or kicking you should report this to us on 101.

Keep a log of all the incidents that have taken place and report them to your Schools Police Officer who can be contacted through your school headteacher.

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If you are worried about anything, it could be something big or something small - don't bottle it up. It can really help if you talk to someone. 

If there is something on your mind, ChildLine is here for you.

Contact ChildLine anytime - calls are free and confidential.

Call 0800 1111.