Nobody has the right to hurt other people by hitting them, kicking them, calling them names, sending them threatening text messages, spreading rumours about them, or by doing anything else which is intended to be upsetting.
People who bully try to justify their actions by saying that it is the other person’s fault, or that they are “different”. They may pick on someone who is tall or small, or fat or thin, or wears glasses, or has a different accent, or another religion, or is shy or clever, or good looking, or disabled or…
Any excuse will do, and if there is no real difference then they will invent one.
If this is happening to you, tell yourself that it is not your fault and that it is the people who are bullying who need to change, not you.
Your school should have a policy to deal with bullying and you have the right to ask a teacher or another adult to help.
Where to get help
You should always tell and adult, parent or teacher if you are getting bullied and we have many links to information and advice in the Anti Bullying parents section of the website. Other than this we have the following information and contacts to help: