Bullying is repeated harassment over a period of time, and is done in a way that makes it difficult for a person being bullied to defend themselves. It can happen to anyone at any age, and can happen at school, home or online.

There are 3 main types of bullying:

Physical Bullying:

Any unwanted physical contact - Hitting, kicking, pushing, sexual abuse or taking your belongings

Verbal Bullying:

Verbal bullying is harder to see and stop. It tends to occur when adults aren’t around and the effects of it are not obvious. It can take the form of teasing, sarcasm, name calling, continually ignoring you.

Indirect Bullying:

Indirect bullying is when someone undermines or tries to ruin your reputation by spreading rumors and gossiping behind your back. It can take the form of purposefully not allowing you to participate in an activity, mocking or making fun of you, gossiping about you just for the sake it; just to be mean or sending hurtful text messages, phone calls, or messages on social networking sites.

Do you feel that you, or someone you know is being bullied? Tell someone who you trust such as a parent/carer, teacher or friend. Do not suffer in silence.


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Useful Links

National Bullying Helpline.

Practical help and advice for children and adults dealing with bullying at school or work, with a free confidential helpline and information covering all forms of bullying.

Call 0845 22 55 787, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Anti Bullying Alliance

A coalition of organisations and individuals that are united against bullying, the website has tools and information to help to deal with bullying.

Bullying UK

This website has articles about bullying and other topics relevant to young people, plus an online chat

Call 0808 800 2222

Worried about a or friend or do you need some help?

Talk to somebody you trust: If you need help for yourself or are worried about a friend or family member, you should speak to an adult or someone that you feel comfortable with and can trust.

That could be family members, teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers or other adults who work with children. They will listen to what you have to say.

Don't be afraid to talk to these people if you are worried. They are there to help you.

If you are still worried about a friend or you need help, please contact:


Phone: 01904 551900

Email: MASH@york.gov.uk

Outside office hours, at weekends and on public holidays contact the emergency duty team telephone: 01609 780780

Police - If there is immediate danger call 999

Childline - Phone: 0800 11 11 A free, private and confidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. We're here for you online, on the phone, anytime.