Being bullied is a horrible experience and can happen at any age, even in adults. Being at home is no longer a safe place away from bullies due to social media, and a lot of bullying behaviour is online because it can be anonymous or at the very least not face-to-face. Bullies often pretend that their behaviour or comments are ‘just a joke’ or ‘banter’, but if it makes someone feel bad, then it’s not acceptable. Sometimes people feel bullied at home, by a family member.
We have collated some useful advice for parents and, if you’re a young person experiencing this, then scroll down to the second half of the page – we can help. Other useful pages might be self-esteem and anxiety


For Parents

Discovering your child is being bullied can be very upsetting and it is often tempting to try and take matters into your own hands and take immediate action. Before you do, have a look at the resources below which can help guide you on what to do next and how to talk to your child, their school/college or anyone else who might be involved. Bullying on social networks is also common – there is some good information on this below under cyberbullying and detailed information on the hazards of particular games and social platforms can be found in the internet and gaming section.


Help and Advice for Young People

Don’t suffer in silence – get help now on this helpline (Mon-Fri 9-5 pm) or on Childline anytime (all ages up to 19 years) 

Read real-life stories here:

Lola’s story
Chloe’s story about how she coped with online bullying 
James’ story about being bullied when he moved school