Department of Education

How do I know if I am being bullied?

How do I know if I am being bullied?

Bullying is a form of abuse. And it is wrong. But sometimes it’s difficult to know if you are being bullied.

If you feel uncomfortable or feel that something’s not quite right, you should always ask for help.

  • Speak to your teacher, teaching assistant or one of your parents or carers.
  • Try to tell them it as soon as the incident has happened as sometimes it is possible for them to observe the situation and see whether you are being bullied or not.

Bullying can mean many different things, but may include one or more of the following:

  • Being called names or teased.
  • Being pushed or pulled around.
  • Being physically hurt by others, for example hitting, punching or biting.
  • Having your possessions taken away or messed about with.
  • Having money stolen from you, or demanding money from you.
  • Having lies or rumours spread about you.
  • Someone threatening you.
  • People ignoring you or leaving you out.
  • People getting you to do things to make you look foolish or get into trouble.
  • Receiving silent or abusive phone calls or text messages.
  • Cyber-bullying – having insulting messages about you posted on the internet.


Check out our bullying guide for children and young people.

Childline has lots of information and advice about what to do if you think you are being bullied. They also have a free helpline: 0800 1111

There are also lots of other websites that have excellent information and advice:


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