Bullying

If you are being bullied it's important that you tell someone you trust for example someone in your family, a teacher or another trusted adult. Never suffer in silence.

The Council has an Emotional Health and Well Being Coordinator who can be contacted by using the contact area of this page and gives advice to parents and pupils around bullying.

If you need help or advice about bullying there are also a number of helplines and websites that can provide you with information and support:

Helplines

Childline ChildLine is the UK's free, confidential helpline for children and young people. They offer advice and support, by phone and online, 24 hours a day. Whenever and wherever you need them, they'll be there. Call 0800 1111. They have a Bullying area on the Childline website that includes a video about building up your confidence after bullying.

Gov.uk Information for young people on cyberbullying, bullying on social networks, Internet and email bullying, bullying on mobile phones, bullying at school, what to do about bullying, and information and advice for people who are bullying others and want to stop.

EACH - Educational action challenging homophobia has a freephone Actionline for children experiencing homophobic bullying, 0808 1000 143. It's open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.

Websites

The websites below have lots of information and advice for anyone who has had experience of bullying.

Think U Know - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Think you know maintains a website for children and young people, and parents and carers about staying safe online.

Childline

Kidscape

Reporting cyberbullying

If someone makes you feel uncomfortable or upset online, talk to an adult you can trust, such as a relative or a teacher.  If you would prefer to talk to someone in confidence you can contact Childline or telephone 0800 1111.

If someone has acted inappropriately online towards you, or someone you know, you can report directly to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). It could be sexual or threatening chat, or being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone asking to meet up.