How to stop bullying

Bullying is when someone regularly does something to make you feel bad or upset.

It could be done by just one person or there could be a group of them. They may say mean things about you, try to hurt you physically, take your things or leave you out of games.

Although bullying affects lots people, that doesn’t make it any less hurtful.

So with the help of Red Balloon, a learner centre that provides a full-time education to children who’ve stopped going to school because of bullying, we’ve put together some helpful tips on how to stop bullying. When you’ve read them, check out Bea’s story – the true tale of how a young girl overcame bullying!

How to stop bullying

Remember gang, you can always talk to a parent or carer to decide which of the options below might be best for you.

1. Ignore it

2. Ask the bully to stop

3. Write a letter to the bully

Explain:

– What, where and when the behaviour happened : “Today at break in the playground you called me fatty. This is not the first time you have said this.”

– The impact/how it felt: “It embarrasses me and makes me feel really upset”.

– What you want to happen now:  “I don”t want you to do it again” .

4. Ask a friend who has seen the bullying happen to help

5. Tell a teacher or adult you trust at school

6. Ask your parents to tell the headteacher

Bea’s story

How to stop bullying

“My name is Bea, I am 17 years old. In my early school years I had lots of friends and was a happy and healthy kid.

But when I started being bullied I felt very depressed and started getting ill and missing lots of school. In the end, I had to drop out of school.

 It wasn’t until I found Red Balloon (a centre that supports young people being bullied), that my confidence began to build, my health improved and I made some good friends, too!

I’m now about to walk 115 miles to the South Pole for The Red Balloon Learner Centre to say thanks for how much they helped me and others like me.

I’ve already raised over £7,000 and will be the third youngest person ever walk to the South Pole!

If you’d like to sponsor my walk to the South Pole then please visit my JustGiving page!”

Have you ever been bullied? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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  • Stay_Strong

    I was bullied when I started at a secondary all-girls school. Most of the girls in my class had known each other for a while and all the other new girls soon made their own tight-knit or close groups. I felt left out and sometimes cried but I soon made friends with the other girls in the other classes. I eventually moved from the class I was in, but I still left the school as I felt that it was not right for me. What I want to say is,Stay Strong and get advice. You Are Not Alone! :D

  • Kirby Cute4567023

    Ive been bullied by lots of people, and some of the comments were very mean, including people saying Im fat behind my back, but I spoke to a teacher, then she stopped. But now thats over, and Im not going to mention the person who did. NO MORE BULLYING! Go Bea!!!

  • 2004norber erin

    I think this is an amazing story

  • gorgeous433

    i have been bullied but i moved school and i really enjoy my life now . CALLING ALL BULLIES YOUR DESTROYING YOURSELF MORE THAN THE PERSON YOUR BULLYING SO STOP AND THINK !

  • poppy-panda

    lets take action!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hannebra

    be safe and happy all your time.I believe you can do it

  • Shadowthewolf

    I did

  • Dolphin1

    I really did not like being bulled

  • Emily-Rose

    I really dont think bullying should exist, its so so horrible! Even if I never have been bullied, I can imagine what its like. I feel VERY sorry for those people that have been bullied. Red Balloon is wonderful! I hope the walk is fun even if it it harsh & best wishes too.

  • animal701

    Ive never been bullied and dont want to be bullied. Bullies need to think about what they do before they do it.

  • Hanniel

    Ive been bullied, now Im homeschooled.

  • 239abi

    Thanks for the help I will try to stand up to the bully next time

  • MillyBailey

    My daughter was at Red Balloon with Bea. Steph says you rock! Good luck Bea.

  • Stevie-Cook

    I went to Red Balloon with Bea, she is one of the most amazing young women going and is a real angel. Bea, do it for everyone who has ever been in your shoes... Anyone who has been bullied. YOU ROCK GIRL!!

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