Why am I being bullied?
Bullying is not your fault and nobody has the right to bully you. People can be bullied for all sorts of reasons, or for no particular reason at all; it can happen to anybody at any time.
Bullying is still bullying even if it’s behind your back, not physical or only done by one person. Bullying can take place anywhere. It may be in your home, at school, in the park or in your local youth club. It could be by one person, a group of people or a gang, or even your friends.
How does bullying happen?
Bullying can happen in lots of different ways, including:
- verbally – name calling, threatening, whispering behind your back, spreading rumours
- physically – pushing, hitting, kicking (assault)
- being ignored or left out
- having your things stolen (theft) or damaged (criminal damage)
- getting unkind or threatening texts or emails
- being made to do something you don’t want to do.
Cyber bullying – the name used to describe what happens if you are bullied online, through social networks, chat forums, emails or instant messaging – is also becoming a bigger problem.
Sometimes bullying is so serious that you may want to think about telling the police. For example, if you’re injured, something of value has been stolen or if you’ve been seriously threatened.