Everyone has the right to feel safe, whether they are young or old.
Sometimes life can be made difficult because of bullying.
If you feel you are being picked on, hurt of teased because of who you are, this can affect your mood, and affect how you live your life. We all have a responsibility to ensure that everyone is able to live their life without fear of being teased or harmed.
What are Hate Incidents and Hate Crimes
Being picked on or bullied because of your age, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or because you are transgendered or for any other reason can be classed as a hate incident or a hate crime.
Talking to someone is the first step
- The key is to stop the bullying as quickly as possible.
- Who do you trust the most, who you can talk to about how safe you feel?
- Think of someone in your family, a friend, a neighbour or other adult, someone at your school or college, someone at a group you belong to.
- Your school should ensure that other people do not support the bulling.
- The Police and Councils work together to tackle bullying and hate incidents and crimes.
Don’t stand for it
People that are being bullied often feel as though they are alone and not strong enough to stand up to the bullies. Everyone can make a difference by not accepting bullying.
Three actions we can all take:
- Tell a responsible adult like a teacher or school nurse.
- Say something encouraging to the person being bullied
- Discuss it with your school council – no school council will say that bullying is ok.
How to get help
If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.
Have you seen this film made by young people about bullying?
Check out this short film which highlights ways in which we can all support hate crime victims without putting ourselves at any risk.
Find help in your local area
Find out what services are available to you in your area. Remember your school nurse is always there to give you confidential help and support.