Bullying is harmful and upsetting - it can have a big impact on your life but there are things you can do to protect yourself.
Bullying can take many forms, like name-calling, spreading rumours or excluding people. You can also be bullied by abusive texts or online. If you feel you are being bullied, follow this advice to Bully-proof yourself:
TELL SOMEONE YOU TRUST
The best person to speak to is a teacher or another adult you feel you can rely on. Explain who, what, when, where and why and keep speaking until you are heard.
If the bully feels they have no power over you they have less reason to pick on you.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
It's important to understand that happy people don't feel the need to make others unhappy.
So remember that it is the bully who has the problem and not the people they target.
It can often make the situation worse and even land you in a spot of bother.
KEEP A RECORD
If you are being bullied by text, phone calls or online, keep the messages and try to keep
a log of the calls. Print out online messages, keep a log of dates and the sender's ID.
What is CYBER BULLYING?
The explosion of the internet and mobile phones has made way for new
forms of bullying. Cyber-bullying is when someone uses technology to
deliberately upset, harm or harass someone else. Here are some examples;
- Sending nasty or threatening texts or emails
- Posting abusive messages online - on a social networking
site, in a chatroom, or using instant messaging
- Posting humiliating videos or pictures online,
or sending them on to other people
- Setting up a hate site or a hate group on
a social networking site
- Prank calling
If you feel you are being cyber-bullied, the same bully-proof advice applies � keep a record, be confident, believe in yourself, don't retaliate and most importantly, tell someone.