Bullying is a hurtful behaviour which includes name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone. It can happen anywhere, at school, home or online.
There are different ways you may experience bullying and some of these may include:-
- Physical bullying: hitting, slapping or being pushing by someone
- Verbal bullying: name calling, gossiping or being threatened by someone
- Non-verbal abuse: hand signs
- Emotional abuse: being threatening, intimidating or humiliating by someone
- Exclusion: being ignored or isolated by someone
- Undermining, constant criticism or spreading rumours
- Controlled or manipulated someone
- Racial, sexual, transphobic or homophobic bullying
- Bullied because of a disability.
Some people may experience Cyber bullying which may happen via:
- Text messaging and instant messaging
- Social media forums such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, snapchat
- Gaming forums
- Chat rooms
Some examples of Cyber bullying are:-
- Emailing or texting threatening messages
- Posting embarrassing videos of someone online or sharing with friends
- Making abusive comments
- Silent, hoax or abusive calls
- Spreading rumours and gossip
- Belittling or mocking
- Posting or sharing personal information or images without the person’s permission.
How you can get help if you are being bullied:-
If you are being bullied, talk to someone whether it be a parent, teacher or the school nurse. All schools have a responsibility to ensure safety of students and ensure they aren’t being bullied. Keep evidence such as threatening messages as you can also report serious incidents such as threats to the police.
For further information or support please speak to the school nurse, they can support you through a drop in session, one to one appointment or through our confidential Chat Health text messaging service.