Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else – such as name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone.

It can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online. It’s usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child both physically and emotionally.

Bullying that happens online, using social networks, games and mobile phones, is often called cyberbullying. A child can feel like there’s no escape because it can happen wherever they are, at any time of day or night.

 

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Bounce back from bullying

Being bullied can make children and young people feel like things can never get better, but Childline have got a tool to help. Whether it's happening online, at home or at school, Childline are here to help children take back control.

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