Here are some ideas you may want to try to see if they stop the bully from picking on you.
Simple things may help:
- A confident posture may put potential bullies off from targeting you.
- Ignore a comment and walk away.
- Try not to be alone, and keep in busy areas to avoid the bully.
- Keep a record of the times the bullying has taken place. This will be useful when you tell someone to prove how often it is happening.
- Find out about why someone bullies. This may help you to realise that it is not a personal attack on you.
If you are being bullied by mobile telephone or online:
- Do not react to any messages. The bully wants a reaction, so your best form of defence is to ignore it.
- If texts, telephone calls or emails persist, report the incidents to your service provider, with details, and tell a parent, teacher or manager.
- Changing your mobile telephone number and email account would stop any nasty calls or emails immediately. Be careful about who you give your new contact details to in the future.
- Sending abusive telephone calls and emails is usually illegal so take action.
Whatever you choose to do it is important to speak to someone about it as soon as possible so they can help.
If you need to talk to someone, please use our need to talk pages. Trained Befrienders are there to listen to your problems in a caring and non-judgemental way. You can speak to them anonymously and in complete confidence.
The following links are further information and support resources on the internet about how to cope with bullying.
"Bullies aren't sharp so what's the point" - Anti-bullying film
Bullying Full Stop - Useful tips on preventing bullying.