Bullying doesn’t just take place in schools and can happen to anyone, anywhere, at anytime - When you are face-to-face with someone, over the Internet and through mobile phones.
If bullying of any kind happens to you or someone you know, you should be able to tell someone and know that it will be dealt with quickly and effectively, this could be your parents, a teacher, a youth worker, but the important thing is to tell someone.
Your school and any organisation or club you belong to should have a policy to deal with bullying and you have a right to ask a teacher, or another adult, for help if you are being bullied.
If you are bullying someone else, talk to an adult about it and make sure you stop.
Even if you are being bullied yourself, it is important not to bully others.
Bullying is when someone keeps doing or saying things that are meant to hurt another person, either physically or emotionally.
being unfriendly, excluding or constantly tormenting someone.
pushing, kicking, hitting or punching another person, or any use of violence against someone.
teasing, being sarcastic, calling someone names, ignoring them, spreading rumours or making hurtful comments.
threatening or abusing someone by text message, phone calls, through email, chat rooms, social networking sites, video, or any other technologies.
damaging or stealing someone’s belongings.
Racial or religious
calling another person racist names or making racist comments or gestures to or about someone.
making abusive comments or engaging in behaviour relating to whether someone is male, female or transgender.
making unwanted physical contact or sexual comments or abusing someone sexually.
inappropriate comments or behaviour made towards to someone who is openly, or thought to be, gay or bisexual.
About learning difficulties/disabilities
making fun of someone’s disability, calling them names, laughing at them or not letting them join in because of their disability.
About any sort of difference
abusing someone because of: what they look like, what they believe, how clever they are, how much money they have, where they come from, where they live, with whom they live, etc.
No one deserves to be bullied and it can happen to anyone. It is important to remember that when someone is bullied, it is not their fault and it is the people who are bullying that need to change their behaviour.
You don’t have to put up with it.
People from all organisations that form Hampshire Children’s Trust (including school staff, Personal Advisors, Youth Workers, Social Workers, Educational Psychologists and Behaviour Support Team Workers) will help to make sure that if you experience bullying, someone will: