Bullying is when someone deliberately scares, intimidates, upsets, or harms someone else. Some examples of bullying are:

  • name-calling
  • making things up to get someone in trouble, or to turn their friends against them
  • hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving
  • taking or damaging someone’s things
  • making threats
  • prank calling or messaging
  • ‘cyberbullying’ is when someone scares, intimidates, upsets, or threatens you online - this could be on websites chat functions, via apps, or on social media

Sometimes children and young people bully one another, and sometimes adults bully children and young people.

Often people bully others because they are having a hard time and feeling difficult emotions themselves. If you are being bullied, remember that it is not your fault.

It can feel scary to tell someone and you might worry that if you do the bullying will get worse, but there are always people who can help you. You can talk to your parent or carer, your teacher, or someone who works at your school, or outside of school activities/clubs who you trust.

If you would like to learn more about bullying, or you or someone you know is being bullied, these are some organisations that can help:


If you want to report any abuse or discuss concerns in relation to children and young people please contact:

In an emergency call the police on 999.