Is someone picking on you or spreading rumours at school? Are you receiving nasty comments on your social channels? Have you been teased or harassed in the street? Unfortunately, bullying is all too common. Indeed, a 2022 survey by the Anti-Bullying Alliance revealed that almost a quarter (24%) of children in England experience frequent bullying.
Bullying can happen in lots of ways. You might be bullied because of your race or sexual identity. The bullying might be verbal or physical. It might happen online (cyberbullying) or in person. There might be one individual bullying you or a group of people. Whatever your situation, it’s important that you know what action you can take and how to look after yourself.
We know it can sometimes be difficult to tell when a joke or banter tips over into something more serious so you might find this definition of bullying helpful: “Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face to face or online.” In other words, bullying is when a person (or a group of people) does something mean or hurtful to someone else (or to another group) again and again and on purpose.
Good Thinking is here to help young Londoners who may be feeling sad, scared or stressed out because of bullying and who would like support for their mental health. As Martha Evans, Director of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, says, “Children and young people need to know there is help out there if they are being bullied. It starts by reaching out to someone you trust if you need to talk.”
To mark #AntiBullyingWeek 2022 (14-18 November), we’ve updated Good Thinking’s tips on bullying. These are based on advice from experts at the Anti-Bullying Alliance. We also recommend checking out the free Clear Fear and Move Mood wellbeing apps to help build your self-esteem and resilience as well as listening to our podcast about bullying with Alex Holmes of The Diana Award and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ star Will Poulter.
If you’re concerned for your safety (e.g. if you’re experiencing physical, emotional or sexual abuse), tell someone you trust, text Shout on 85258 or call Childline on 0800 1111.
Find out how you can get involved with #AntiBullyingWeek 2022 – at school and on social media.
Good Thinking resources
- Free NHS-approved wellbeing apps for young people
- ‘Five ways to wellbeing’ posters for children and young people
- Feeling angry or frustrated? Tips on managing your emotions and behaviour
- Urgent support