Barack Obama was bullied at school so there’s no reason why it should ruin your life. But that doesn’t mean you have to put up with it.
‘It’s not really bullying, it’s just having a laugh isn’t it?’
Bullying can take many forms: trying to hurt someone, name calling, jokes, graffiti or just ignoring someone. It can also involve texting or emails.
‘There’s nothing I can do about it.’
All schools have a legal duty to act on bullying.
If you are being bullied
- Tell someone.
- Spend time with your friends – bullies rarely pick on people in groups.
- Write down everything that happens with names and dates.
If someone you know is being bullied
- Listen to them and take it seriously.
- Try to make sure they are never on their own at school.
- Pass on names of organisations that can help.
- Tell someone.
- Never, ever join in.
‘Ignore bullies – they’re just people who aren’t happy with their lives.’
(Jodie, Sheffield Futures Youth Work Apprentice)
What is Cyberbullying?
It means using new technology to threaten or make fun of someone. It could be done through email, mobile phone, social networking sites, a chatroom or online gaming.
Cyberbullying can involve
- Sending or posting abusive comments or photos.
- Sending viruses that can damage someone’s computer.
- Posting personal details of someone for others to see.
- Using someone’s messaging accounts and pretending to be them.
"Don't be a bully. Try to see the humour in life. If you can't laugh, what can you do? Just smiling at someone can make their day. No matter what their age."
(Aaron, Sheffield Futures Youth Work Apprentice)
Am I a cyberbully?
Have you ever:
- Forwarded a racist, sexist or homophobic email (even if you haven’t written it yourself)?
- Visited a page on a social networking site that makes fun of someone?
- Laughed at a humiliating email, text message or blog posting?
- Been abusive while playing an online game?
- Forwarded a humiliating text or photo of someone?
- Posted someone’s personal information without asking them?
If you do any of these things you become part of the problem.
Who can help?
Anti Bullying Network
Tel: 08451 205 204