If you find yourself being bullied, try to stay calm and look as confident as you can. If you feel comfortable doing so, try to be firm and tell the bully to stop.
You should tell an adult as soon as possible. Don’t worry about making the bullies angry by doing this; exposing the abuse is the only way to stop the problem and you can ask the adult not to use your name when reporting the incident. If you are scared to tell a teacher or an adult on your own, ask a friend to go with you.
Your school may have a peer support service; if it does, you can use it. If you find it difficult to talk to anyone at school or at home, you can call or write to ChildLine. The phone call or letter is free and confidential.
Most importantly, don’t blame yourself for what has happened. If you experience bullying by mobile phone, text messages or email, tell a parent, friend or teacher. Make a note of exactly when the threatening message was sent and where necessary, encourage your parents to report incidents to the police. Remember to be careful who you give your mobile number or email address to.
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