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What is bullying?

Bullying can be really upsetting but affects many people, young and old in lots of different ways.

There are many different types of bullying. Here are just a few examples:

  • verbal abuse, swearing, or calling someone names
  • hitting, kicking and other forms of physical abuse
  • not actually using violence, but threatening to do so
  • taking or hiding someone's belongings
  • ignoring someone, or getting others to ignore them
  • leaving someone out of games or activities
  • cyber bullying (which you can read more about below)

Bullies might not be people at school - they could be:

  • a member of your family or a family friend
  • someone you see on the way to or from school

Bullying can affect people in lots of different ways:

  • they might feel scared or depressed
  • maybe they don't want to leave the house or go to school
  • they may become ill through stress, lack of sleep or loss of appetite

What is cyber bullying?

Lots of people have mobile phones and use apps like Facebook,Viber, Instagram, WhatsApp and Twitter. Cyber bullying is all about using the internet via mobile phones, laptops and other technology to bully people. It includes:

  • sending or posting abusive messages, comments, tests or emails
  • making silent calls

Often cyber bullies feel braver because they can't be seen, but it can be the most traceable form of bullying because there's evidence that it's happened.

Who can help?

This website provides information on lots of different subjects that affect young people in London, and bullying is a very important one. But the most detailed information you can find online is provided by charities set up to tackle bullying specifically. Visit our ‘More help and advice’ to find out more.