Are you worried your friend is being bullied?
Bullying happens to lots of people and can be really difficult to deal with. If your friend's being bullied they might feel:
- upset or scared
- that there's nothing anyone can do to help them
- that if they report it things could get worse
But you can help them in lots of ways.
- Give them support; they probably need a good friend like you to help them get through this.
- Suggest to them that they keep a diary of what's happening.
- Encourage them to get help - they should talk to an adult they trust or they can call a helpline such as ChildLine on 0800 1111.
- If they don't feel they can talk to someone themselves you could do it for them.
Who to talk to
- Talk to your parents, teacher or another adult you trust.
- Contact a specialist charity such as Beatbullying which has a CyberMentor scheme (see below for details).
- Call ChildLine; you can speak to a professional in confidence without even having to give your name.
- If the bullying is happening at school contact your Safer Schools Officer. Most types of bullying aren't normally a matter for police unless someone is hurt or a crime is committed. But one of the jobs of the Safer Schools Officers is to help teachers prevent bullying so they will want to know what's going on. Find out how to contact your Safer School Officer here.
Is it getting serious?
Remember - if your friend has been physically attacked or assaulted, then the police must get involved. As well as speaking to your Safer Schools Officer there are other ways to report a crime:
Registered charity Beatbullying can offer your friend access to highly-trained young people who'll support and advise them online. CyberMentors can assist with how to cope with bullying or just be there to offer support.