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Bullying is a frightening experience. It can isolate and damage self-confidence.  Bullying can happen anywhere and the aim is to hurt you.

Those thought of as different for any reason may be picked on and bullied. 

Some of the ways that someone could be bullied include:

name calling including racist and homophobic bullying
kicking or hitting
taking your things
spreading rumours
cyberbullying - report online abuse
happy slapping
racial, sexual, homophobic and transphobic bullying are against the law.

If you are a victim of bullying or cyberbullying, the important thing is that you don't suffer in silence or feel that you have to deal with these problems on your own. You may not feel comfortable telling anyone what is going on, because you might be called a grass, or maybe you just feel embarrassed that you are being bullied; but you are not alone.

Ask for help

Try and talk to about what happening to parents or carers, an older brother or sister or perhaps to another adult that you trust. Don't forget you can also speak to someone from Children and Young People's Services on Freephone 0800 085 4448. And if talking face to face is just too difficult at the moment, there are some really good support services online where you can be anonymous (if you need to be) and still get excellent advice.

Useful links

Bullying UK
General advice about bullying

Preventing bullying, protecting children

Advice on cyberbullying

Advice on bullying

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) website for young people

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Don't Bully video

Courtesy of www.fixers.org.uk
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