Unfortunately, bullying affects lots of young people and happens in many schools, but it's the way it's dealt with which makes the difference between life being tolerable, or a misery for many. 

The Definition

A Bully is somebody who seeks to harm, intimidate, or coerce someone perceived as vulnerable.

There are a number of different types of bullying, such as:

  • Physical bullying. Physical bullying includes hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching and pushing or damaging property. ... 

  • Verbal bullying. Verbal bullying includes name calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, homophobic or racist remarks, or verbal abuse.

  • Social bullying.

  • Cyber bullying.

Physical Bullying

Physical bullying includes hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching and pushing or damaging property. Physical bullying causes both short term and long term damage. 

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Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is done using digital technologies, such as computers and smartphones, and software such as social media, instant messaging, texts, websites and other online platforms.

What can I do

to help?

If you know that somebody is being bullied, don't stand by and watch. Do something about it. You may not be able to stop the bullying yourself, but you can help.

Report it

If someone has acted inappropriately online towards you, or someone you know, you can report directly to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre(CEOP).


It could be sexual or threatening chat, or being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone asking to meet up.



Bullying can make you feel isolated and worthless, lonely, anxious, angry and lacking confidence. You may experience some or all of these feelings.

Some people who are being bullied develop depressionanxiety and eating problems. They may self harm or turn to drugs and alcohol. If you are experiencing problems like these because of bullying, it’s having an impact on your health. You need to talk to your GP, who will keep any information confidential.


If you need help or advice about bullying there are helplines and websites that can provide you with information and support. The Anti-Bullying Alliance has a large selection of different helplines and websites which you can utilise.


Bullying can happen anywhere and be about anything. Here you'll find information about different types of bullying, plus get help and support.


Being bullied can make you feel upset, lonely, isolated or worried about telling someone what’s happening. If you’re being bullied online, by text message, on a social network or in a game it might feel like there is no escape. It can be scary too if you don’t know who’s being nasty or why.