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Stop Bullying

If you’re being bullied, you may feel isolated or frightened. You may be finding it harder to make friends or to talk to people your age. You don’t have to put up with the bullying.


To stop the bullying, speak to someone. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It's the first step to resolving a situation that's not acceptable. Everyone has a right to feel safe at school, and your school is obliged to prevent all forms of bullying.


There are many people who will listen and help. Tell someone you trust, such as a parent, carer, teacher or friend. If you feel you can't talk directly to any of these people, write them a note.


Sometimes, people think that talking to a teacher or parent will make things worse. If you’re worried about this, call ChildLine in confidence on 0800 1111, explain the situation and ask for advice. ChildLine advisers will help any child or young person whatever the problem, and they won’t judge you.


To protect yourself from bullying:

  • Keep a record, and save any nasty texts or emails that you've received.

  • If possible, stay away from the bullies, or stay with a group when you don't feel safe.

  • Ask your mates to look out for you.

  • Try not to fight back, as you could get into trouble or get hurt.

  • Ask your school about its anti-bullying policy. This will tell you what your school should do about bullying.

Here are some ideas you may want to try to see if they stop the bully from picking on you.

Simple things may help:

  • A confident posture may put potential bullies off from targeting you.

  • Ignore a comment and walk away.

  • Try not to be alone, and keep in busy areas to avoid the bully.

  • Keep a record of the times the bullying has taken place. This will be useful when you tell someone to prove how often it is happening.

  • Find out about why someone bullies. This may help you to realise that it is not a personal attack on you.


If you are being bullied by mobile telephone or online:

  • Do not react to any messages. The bully wants a reaction, so your best form of defence is to ignore it.

  • If texts, telephone calls or emails persist, report the incidents to your service provider, with details, and tell a parent, teacher or manager.

  • Changing your mobile telephone number and email account would stop any nasty calls or emails immediately. Be careful about who you give your new contact details to in the future.

  • Sending abusive telephone calls and emails is usually illegal so take action.


Whatever you choose to do it is important to speak to someone about it as soon as possible so they can help.

Listed below are several helplines and organisations that can help you stop the bullying.


Call ChildLine in confidence on 0800 1111, explain the situation and ask for advice.
ChildLine is a helpline and website for young people and children. You can call ChildLine confidentially at any time of day or night to talk about any worries. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles, and they won’t appear on a phone bill. You can also chat online to an adviser, or contact ChildLine by text or email.

Bullybusters: 0800 169 6928
Bullybusters operates a free anti-bullying helpline for anyone who’s been affected by bullying. It also has a website and message board, with sections specifically for kids and young people.

Kidscape's website has lots of advice on bullying for children and young people, including tips on what to do if you’re bullied, on moving schools and making friends. 

Bullying UK
This website offers extensive practical advice and information for young people, and you can send them an email if you want more help.

Cybermentors is a website run by young people for young people. If you're being cyberbullied or bullied in any other way, you can log on to the site and chat to a cybermentor. He or she will help you work out what to do next.

Directgov: bullying
The government website has a section on bullying for young people, including information on what to do about bullying.

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