Bullying

"My name is Sarah and last year a group of girls at school kept running away from me at lunchtime and calling me names. I felt really left out, and I didn't know what I had done wrong. They made me so upset that I didn't want to go to school at all.

"I used to tell my mum that I had a tummy ache so I didn't have to go to school. One day she wouldn't let me stay at home so I burst into tears. She made me tell her the real reason why I wanted to stay at home. Mum was very kind to me and called the headmaster. She had a meeting with him and told him everything. He said he was upset that I had been so sad and he got the girls and their parents to to a meeting with him. The bullying has stopped now and we're all friends again. I feel much happier and I like school again."

How to stop bullying

No matter what is happening, tell an adult that you are being bullied. As soon as you tell someone they will be able to help you solve the problem. If Sarah hadn't told her mum she might still be getting bullied and feeling scared. There are lots of different types of bullying that can affect children & young people, cyber bullying can be a problem, especially with more and more people using the internet. This is still bullying even if it isn't face to face, so make sure you tell a teacher or your parents if you are being cyber bullied.