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Information for Young People

Bullying can mean many different things and most people describe being bullied as the most ‘awful thing that has ever happened to them’. Whilst bullying behaviour is widespread throughout our schools, it can happen anywhere and to anyone.

What is Bullying?

As members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, along with its other members, we have an agreed shared definition of bullying based on research from across the world over the last 30 years:

Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face to face or online.

Bullying IS NOT part of growing up. One incident of bullying behaviour is serious enough, but when it is persistent it becomes a devastating problem. The detrimental impact bullying behaviour can have on the physical, emotional, academic, social and personal well-being of children and young people cannot be underestimated. At best, bullying causes great distress which can continue right through adulthood. At worst, bullying can lead to self-harm and suicide.


Bullying generally takes on one of four forms:

Physical, Verbal, Indirect, and Online

Types of bullying behaviour can include:

  • Verbal abuse, such as, name calling, gossiping and threats
  • Physical assaults, such as, hitting, kicking, pushing
  • Emotional abuse, such as, threats, intimidation, humiliation
  • Exclusion, such as, ignoring or isolating someone
  • Non-verbal abuse, such as, hand gestures or text messages
  • Racial, sexual or homophobic abuse
  • Controlling or manipulating someone
  • Undermining a person by spreading rumours or constant criticism
  • Making silent, hoax or abusive calls
  • Sending nasty emails or text messages
  • Online abuse using email, websites, social media, blogs, messaging

These things can happen at school or at home, but they can also happen online or on social networks. Bullying can also be part of other forms of abuse, including neglect, emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

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Need to talk?

If you are being bullied or are concerned about someone who is, you can receive help and support from one of our trained Mentors through our e-mentoring service.

If you would like a Mentor to email you, please contact: mentorsonline@bulliesout.com

If you would rather speak to someone over the telephone, you can call Childline on: 0800 1111

For any community-related issues, such as anti-social behaviour, we would suggest contacting your landlord, the local police or your local environmental health department (where applicable), as we are unable to deal with these types of complaints.