What is bullying?

Different types of bullying

What can I do?


What is bullying?

Bullying is when a person or group of people do something on purpose to hurt and upset you.

Bullying can hurt you on the outside, like if somebody hits you, or it can hurt you on the inside, like when somebody says means things or calls you names to hurt your feelings.

Bullying can happen over and over again and can sometimes go on for a long time.

Almost everyone will experience bullying during their life. This can be when you’re a young person or when you’re a grown up adult at work. It can even happen sometimes when you’re an elderly person in the community.

Some different types of bullying are:

Calling people names, saying unkind things or making up stories about someone.

Hitting, kicking, damaging or breaking things, pushing, slapping

Talking about someone behind their back or deliberately ignoring them

Cyberbullying – a form of bullying that takes on text, email, social media (like Snapchat or Instagram), or photos

If you are being bullied, remember that you are not alone and there is always help and support when you need it.

What can I do?

Remember that bullying is not your fault. Bullying is hurtful and is not something you have to put up with. The most important thing you can do is to tell someone you trust about what is happening so that they can help you.


Sometimes it’s helpful to talk to someone on the telephone who doesn’t know you. ChildLine has a free confidential helpline for young people and can give advice and support about what to do.

Here are some more websites you could look at for help too: