What should I do if I'm being bullied?
For kids and teenagers being bullied at school:
Let your parents or carers know: Tell them how long it has been going on and how it makes you feel. You can write everything down to show them, or ask a friend or family member to join you.
Report it to your school: you or your parents can report what's going on to your teacher. The school will have procedures to support you as they must keep you safe from bullying.
Adults being bullied at work could:
Find out what your work place policy is on bullying
Talk to someone you trust, for support, whether a friend, family member or trusted workmate
Make notes of what they say or do, when it happens and who else witnesses it. This could be used as evidence. Keep any emails and screenshots of online posts
If you feel it's safe to, speak to the person who is bullying you and let them know how it affects you, because in some cases, they might not be aware
If you're not comfortable doing so, let relevant people know what’s going on, for example management
Make an official complaint through your HR or your trade union
Don't respond: Never get involved in arguments online, as this will only escalate the situation and make it much worse.
Report it: Start by talking to your parents or guardians about the types of cyberbullying you have experienced.
The school has a responsibility to protect you from bullying, even if it happens offsite, online or over the phone. Ask your parents to schedule a meeting with your teacher, and be prepared to talk to them about who has been involved.
The police: Forms of cyberbullying such as threatening phone calls or messages may be an illegal offence that the police can help with.
Increase your privacy: Unfortunately, some people use the internet to cause harm to others. Don't let this small group ruin your experience, but be sensible with the information you share. Follow our to keep yourself protected.