Are you being bullied?
It's important to stay positive. You're not on your own. There is always someone who can help.
If bullying is happening at your school, it is very important that you report the behaviour to someone who can help. It will probably keep happening unless you tell someone about it.
Tell a teacher or someone you know who will listen to you and help you stop the bullying.
You should choose someone you can trust and who can either help you resolve the problem or who can follow the issue up for you.
You can talk to:
- a teacher, head of department or deputy principal
- your school chaplain or guidance officer
- your parents or someone else in your family—aunt, uncle, grandparent
- an adult who will listen
- a friend who could help you.
If things don't get better after you've told someone, tell them again or tell a different person.
Remember, bullying is serious. Tell someone about it.
There are some things you can do yourself like:
- Tell the other person 'I don't like that'. Use a strong and confident voice. Even if you don't feel strong and confident, fake it!
- Talk with the person who is bullying you (if you think it's a safe thing to do). Ask them if there is a problem that you might be able to sort out together. If you feel too scared to do it alone, ask a friend to come with you.
- If possible, ignore the person bullying you. Kids who bully often lose interest when they are ignored. If that doesn't work, tell someone and ask for their help.
- Don't try to get back at the person who bullies you. It usually doesn't work, and you can end up in trouble too.
- Hang around people who help you feel good about yourself. Friends don't bully you. They care about you and are fun to be around. You might also make new friends by caring about others.
What can I do about cyberbullying?
- Don't respond to bullying messages.
- Tell your mum or dad, a family member, a grandparent, teacher, friend or someone else who can help you work out what to do.
- Ask for help to put a block on your mobile device, or social networking page so you don't get the bullying posts or texts and report the bullying to the social media site.
© Bullying. No Way! (www.bullyingnoway.gov.au 2014, Queensland Department of Education / Australian Education Authorities)