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Bullying is when someone or even a group of people intentionally offend or physically hurt someone. It can happen for no reason and if it has happened to you or someone close to you, you will already know it can really knock a person’s confidence leaving them feeling very sad and alone. It can happen both in and out of school and is occasionally so upsetting and distressful it can lead to other problems such as self-harming or eating disorders.

So how do you know if you are being bullied? Here are some guidelines as to what is unacceptable behaviour from others.

Physical bullying

  • Hitting, pushing or knocking you over
  • Locking you in or out of rooms/toilets
  • Forcing you to do things against your will
  • Taking things away from you
  • Damaging your property

Emotional bullying

  • Threatening behaviour
  • Getting you into trouble
  • Teasing or name calling to your face or about you to others
  • Sending nasty telephone calls, texts or e-mails again to you or to others about you
  • Isolating you from your friends leaving you feeling all alone

What can you do if you are being bullied?

One thing is for sure, bullying won’t stop by itself. Bullies are almost always looking for a reaction from you and the more they see how upset you are the more inclined they will be to continue with their bullying ways.

It could be that by simply ignoring them they will get bored and move on.

Most bullies are cowards and if you feel brave enough you may want to challenge them in front of others, asking them what their problem is. If they bully you, there is every chance they bully others too and if these people see you standing up for yourself they will be more inclined to join you in your fight to stop their behaviour.

Speak to an adult it could be a teacher or a member of your family, or if you find it hard to speak about what is happening, write them a little note.

There are lots of great websites you can visit for more advice such as Beat Bullying or Childline on 0800 1111. Just by speaking to someone you will be starting to take back control of your life.

What can you do if you know someone who is being bullied?

Let this person know they have your support, even if it’s just being there to listen when they feel upset.

With a group of friends let the bully know how unhappy you are with their treatment of this person.

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bunny wabbit :)

idk if this is really bullying or not but sometimes people I know will put me down because of the way I look and don't even care that what they said was wrong... :(

Hey

I got bullied at primary school alot by a girl who was supposed to be my BFF I did do like BFF cards and that stuff but she really was never I only did that because I was scared to do it to others and not her. The thing is, she said when I did a test on it "please stay in this school" but she forgot to mention "please stay on this school so I can bully you." Although then I was too shy, I eventually started ignoring her and did't really care about her. In another school (This one I told my mother and moved) I got physically bullied they pushed me and did't ever let me do stuff I wanted to like playing and otherstuff anyway I had no really friends I stayed at that school for about a month then I stood up to then :) do not let bullies win 😀

Reply to XOXO_MAE_XOXO

Omg i feel so sorry for you. I think you should tell a teacher or something cos this sounds real serious

@ XOXO_MAE_XOXO

That is really unexeptable. I am sorry that I have no other better advice. I have never faced this problem before except with my sister. Maybe ask Vicki.

Jill

Everyone thinks I’m gay :/ even my mom. I’m not gay, but I get asked or teased at least once a day. The Bi kids at school tell me I have a “gay vibe” and it’s my personality.

Xoxo_mae_xoxo

Basically I was in year one and I was bffs with a girl let's call her E.One day another girl let's call her F.F came and we started hanging out and being friends so E got angry at me and started bullying me and F so I decided to be bffs with F and we're still besties today in year six.So E was being horrible and in year four and five it got even worse.E started calling me names and saying mean things about me and my family.One day me and someone else let's call her B were playing and E and her sidekick came over.Me and B thought nothing of it and carried on playing but then all of a sudden E shouted grab her and a girl grabbed me round the waist and held me there.I was shouting and screaming "help me" but only B was there.B came over to me and tried to get the girl off me but then E pushed B out the way and E punched me multiple times in the side of the head.I started to cry and fell to the ground.B helped me up and E and her friend ran off.

kitkat25

i used to get bullied all the time for years because of my appearance and what i loved for me the best bet is to roll your eyes at them and walk away if it happens again tell a adult

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