Bullying can occur at any time in a person’s life – at school, home or work. Most bullying, however, occurs at school.
If people call you names, deliberately exclude you from activities, or attempt to cause you physical or emotional harm, then you are being bullied. Bullying is when someone keeps doing or saying things in order to have power over you.
Bullying is not acceptable. It is the responsibility of the whole school community to speak up and put a stop to bullies.
Why Do People Bully?
There is no one single reason why bullies are bullies. There may be one or many reasons why. They may be after extra attention, or want you to be afraid of them. They may even be jealous of you and see bullying as a way of making themselves popular, or look tough and in charge. Some bullies may not even realise how wrong their behaviour is, or how it makes the person being bullied feel.
What To Do If You Are Being Bullied
If you are being bullied, it is best to talk to an adult who you can trust, like an aunty, uncle, teacher or parent, or even a friend’s parent. Adults can help a lot to stop bullying. If you find it difficult to talk about, try writing down what has been happening to you in a letter.
What To Do If You See Someone Being Bullied
If you see someone else being bullied, you should also tell an adult you can trust. If you let the bullying continue without saying anything, then the bully will probably continue, thinking it’s okay to be a bully.
If you are different in some way, be proud and stand strong. Spend time with your friends and remember that the bully has the problem, not you.