Bullying can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. You are not alone.
It can be: verbal with name-calling, teasing and ridiculing; physical with unwanted touching, stealing and destroying others’ property; social bullying is repeatedly excluding or ignoring somebody, or spreading lies and rumours.
Then there’s cyberbullying which occurs when one or more people target you online via social media, chat rooms, texting, instant messaging and websites.
When it happens more than once, embarrasses, threatens or intimidates you, then it is bullying.
It can cause you to lose confidence, withdraw from family and friends, feel hurt and lonely and lose interest in things you once enjoyed.
Being bullied can increase a person’s chances of developing anxiety or depression and the consequences can be devastating.
It is time to take action: ask for the bullying to stop; keep a record or diary of events; don’t be afraid to ask for help; and seek out more information.
Speak to somebody you trust and are comfortable talking to about these issues and consider talking to a GP, a youth support service or mental health professional.
If you are worried about a young friend or family member get the Check-in app. It’s available free at www.youthbeyondblue.com/help-someone-you-know/thecheckin