I'm being bullied

Being bullied feels awful.

I'm this person that everyone calls names and I hate it.

It can make you feel sad, afraid,
or like there’s nothing you can do.

But there are always things that you can do to help things get better, even if it’s only a bit at a time.

Remember:

Being bullied is never okay, and you shouldn’t have to put up with it. You have a right to be yourself without being bullied.

 

Talking to adults

Adults are better at understanding some words than others. If you say “some kids are bugging me” they might not get it, but if you say “I’m being bullied and need your help” they probably will.

When it happens

  • Try to stay calm. Take a deep breath.
  • Tell whoever is bullying you to leave you alone.
  • Walk away and go somewhere safe.

Talk about it

  • Tell someone you trust, like your parents, an older brother or sister, a teacher, a guidance counsellor, a school principal, or a sports coach. Tell them what happened, and ask them what they can do to help you. Telling someone is about keeping yourself safe. It’s not the same as tattling.
  • If you are nervous, ask a friend to come with you to tell an adult about what is happening.
  • If the first person you talk to isn’t helpful, tell someone else. Don’t give up! It sometimes takes a few tries before you find someone who knows how to help.

Don’t know what to say? Use our Letter Builder to tell someone about the bullying.

If you're nervous, practice in front of a mirror.

What can I do later?

  • Stay close to kids who will stick up for you.
  • Ask a teacher to keep an eye out for you on the playground.
  • Think of something you could say the next time you are bullied. Practise in front of a mirror. If you want to, try saying it to a counsellor at Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868.
  • Do something that is fun or relaxing. It could be playing sports, listening to music, making art, or anything at all. It’s important to do things that make you happy when you are going through a hard time.

 

Remember:

No one deserves to be bullied. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

On the next page, you'll learn what to do if you see others being bullied.


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Last Reviewed October 2012
by the Kids Help Phone Counselling Team
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