Beat the Bully

How to beat bullying

  • Don’t ignore bullying
  • Tell someone you trust
  • Remember – it’s not your fault. No one deserves to be bullied.

Here are some other things you might want to think about:

  • Keep a record – and save any nasty texts or emails that you have been sent.
  • Try to stay away from the bullies or stay with a group when you don't feel safe.
  • Ask your mates to look out for you.
  • Try not to retaliate – you could get into trouble or get hurt.
  • Check your school’s anti-bullying policy. This will tell you what your school should do about bullying.
  • Try to act more confident – even if you don’t feel it.
  • Call ChildLine for extra help on 0800 1111 or view the website
  • Practise what you want to say
  • Don't give up
  • Ask your parents to visit the school
  • Talk over what to do with a friend, a teacher, your mum or dad or someone you trust


  • Teachers have to listen carefully when a child tells them about being bullied.
  • It's right to tell an adult that you are being bullied and to ask for their help. But you don't have to let them take over. You can talk with them about what you would like to happen.

Helping a friend

Maybe you're not being bullied, but you know someone who is - perhaps that person is not even a good friend, but a class-mate or someone from another class?

Have you ever stood around and noticed that someone was being bullied, but you weren't sure what, if anything, you could do? Or thought that nothing you could do would make a difference?


Your school can help

  • Your school should be clearly saying NO to bullying.
  • Get everyone in your school involved in tackling bullying.
  • Make sure your school has a good selection of anti-bullying information in its library.
  • In some schools, older children help younger children if they are being bullied. Some have set up "peer counselling" schemes run by the pupils to help children who are being bullied, but also to help children who bully. 

ChildLine can help

ChildLine is the free telephone helpline for children and young people. You can ring any time of day, any day of the year. It's free and it's confidential - that means that no-one else will know about the conversation unless you decide to tell them. The call will not show up on the phone bill, although it may if you use a mobile or cable phone. Sometimes it's hard to get through, because the lines are all busy. But keep trying and you will get through.

Other sources of help

Helpline - 020-7730 3300 (open Mon and Wed 9.30am - 5.30pm).
Kidscape produces leaflets and booklets about bullying.