How can I report it?

The most important thing to do if you (or someone you know) is being bullied is tell someone. Don’t keep it to yourself. Don’t suffer in silence.

Tell … someone you trust
Tell … a teacher or youth worker
Tell … a parent, carer or guardian
Tell … a friend
Tell … a brother or sister
Tell … a peer supporter or playground pal
Tell … the police
Tell … a social worker
Tell … someone!

If you tell an adult in charge, they will do something about it. If you are not happy with how they are dealing with it, tell another adult in charge. Without the help of an adult in charge, it can be really hard to stop the bullying, so keep telling!

If you tell a teacher, youth worker or the police about bullying they will want to talk to you about it. They should write down what you tell them and will tell you what they are going to do to help. If you’re too scared to tell an adult about bullying, ask a friend or someone you trust to help you. Your school might have peer supporters or playground pals to help you. If your school or youth setting has a ‘worry box’, you can drop a note in there.

Keeping your own record

Sometimes it can help to keep a diary of what is happening. Showing this to an adult in charge might help them sort it out quickly. If you know someone else who is being bullied, you could even keep a diary of what you know is happening to them. You can download a diary record sheet here if you want.