ADVICE FOR STUDENTS
Don’t ignore someone being bullied
If someone is in danger, get help right away
Try to be there for the person being bullied
Tell someone about it – they might be able to help
IF YOU ARE BULLYING SOMEONE
Its not too late to stop bullying
Ask yourself why you’re behaving that way, do you really want to hurt or upset people?
Are you taking your anger out on other people because of stuff at home?
Are you jealous of other people?
Talk to someone about your situation
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE BEING BULLIED
Those who bully like to think that they have power over their targets, so you need to remove that power.
There are things you can do to deflect people who bully:
Act more confidently
Hang around with friends or an adult at times when you’re most in danger of being bullied
Don’t fight back. It can make the situation worse
ONLINE OR MOBILE PHONE BULLYING
If you’re being targeted by mobile phone, tell your someone who can contact your service provider with details of the calls or texts that are causing you concern
You may want to change your SIM card in your mobile. It’s not fair that you have to do this, but it is an easy solution. You still need to tell somebody what is going on.
If you’re being targeted online or by email, someone will need to contact your internet service provider and also the company who provides your email. If you can produce written evidence of what’s been going on, it may be possible to block the bully’s account
Never give out your email address or mobile number in chat rooms or on social networking sites
WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS BEING BULLLIED
It’s hard to see your friend being picked on, and although you feel powerless to act, there are things you can do to help.
Be a friendly ear
Don’t encourage the bullies by laughing or smiling at the things they say or do
If you can, tell the bullies that you don’t accept what they’re doing and try to get them to stop
Don’t ditch your friends; stand by them
Don’t get into fights with bullies
Your friend may be reluctant to tell somebody what’s going on; try and be there for them and encourage them to speak out. If you and your friend ignore what is happening, the person who is bullying is winning. It may be worth having a word with a parent or teacher on your friend’s behalf
WHO CAN I TALK TO ?
Your parents/guardians/carers or anyone at home
Any adult at school or any pupil you can trust
WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE BULLYING OTHER PEOPLE
If you feel you are acting in a bullying way, you need to talk to someone you can trust and try to explain why you do it.
There’s probably something going on in your life that’s making you take it out on somebody else.
Some things to think about if you’re bullying somebody:
Think about the pain and upset you are causing to the person you’re picking on. It could be seriously affecting their day-to-day life
Imagine how scared you would feel if the bullying was happening to you
IS IT WORTH GETTING INTO TROUBLE ?
You’ll probably be much happier in yourself and more popular if you stop bullying
Be mature enough to stop and think about what you are doing
Bullying won’t win you any friends; it just makes people scared of you.
If you think you’re bullying others, try and get to the bottom of why you’re are acting that way.
Is there a reason you’re taking out your anger or frustration on someone else?
Talk to someone you trust and try to work things out.
Bullying is wrong and nobody deserves to be bullied. One day, you could be in a different position as the target of bullying.
You need to stop before you get into trouble.
Every Child Matters
‘Be protected from harm and neglect and grow up to look after themselves.’
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
(UNCRC Article 19)
Children should be protected from abuse and neglect