It is important to tell someone that you’re being bullied. It has been proven that bullying will usually stop if an adult gets involved. A great place to start is talking to your parents, your teachers, an adult brother or sister, other relatives, a neighbor, a school counselor, or any other adult you trust. Sometimes it helps to bring a friend along. We do understand it can be scary – but it is worth it. And don’t believe that it’ll get worse for you if you tell – that’s part of the bullying.
If the first person doesn’t work, tell someone else. Sometimes adults think that bullying is a normal part of growing up, especially if it happened to them. Some adults even that it can help you ‘toughen up’. This is not true – bullying is not a normal part of growing up. While it is common, it shouldn’t be, and working with an adult you trust can help you stop it.
Start by finding a safe place (at home, perhaps) and simply tell them that you think you are being bullied. Bring a friend along if that would help. Tell the adult what the bully has done, or is doing, who the bully was, or is (all the names if there was more than one), say who saw, where it happened to you and how often it happened to you. The adult should take action.
If you have been hurt physically (if you have a bruise or a scratch from the bully) go to your school nurse and ask them to help you.
Remember that you are important. Your life counts, and you can make a difference in this world. If you ever need to talk about this or anything else, feel free to get in touch with us. We’re here for you.