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Staying Safe on the Internet


Someone to turn to

Bullying can happen to anyone at any age. Bullying is when someone deliberately hurts you and usually happens over time. Being bullied at school, home or online might involve:

  • verbal bullying e.g. calling you names
  • emotional bullying e.g. teasing you, talking about you, leaving you out, harassment
  • physical bullying e.g. pushing you, hitting you
  • cyber-bullying e.g. text message, Facebook, email

No one has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad, and if you are being bullied you don't have to put up with it, you can talk to someone about it. You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. If you are being bullied it is sometimes difficult to now what to do.

Talk it over with someone you trust. You might not be ready to tackle the problem but it can help you decide what you would like to happen.

Whatever you do, don't just put up with it. Though it isn't always easy to tackle the bullies, there are laws to protect you, whether you are in school, online or at work. By keeping silent, you are doing what the bully wants and protecting them.

Where to get help if you are being bullied

You can talk to any adult in your school about bullying.

You can ring Childline on 0800 11 11 and you can talk to them about anything that has upset you or makes you worry.

Online advice and support is available, please refer to suggested websites below:

BBC Advice

Lots of information about life issues and about different types of bullying.

Several topics are covered on this website.


Information about bullying, abuse, safety and the law

Think U Know

Advice about staying safe while you are on a phone, tablet or computer. There is information about different types of online abuse including new information about online blackmail. 

Yorkshire Mesmac

 Information and support for LGBTQ+ young people.

Young Minds

 Advice about what to do if you are being bullied


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