If you’re being called names, being pushed, hassled, threatened, beaten up, spat at, kicked, having your things taken or damaged, ignored and excluded or being made fun of or called names by anyone, that classes as bullying. This can include any name-calling or threats made online, via text message or email. It is often a criminal offence.
Harassment occurs when your dignity is violated and/or an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment is created. It can take many forms including violence, threats, abuse and damage to property and can be received online, via text message, in person or via email. This can lead to physical injury, mental stress, anxiety and insecurities.
You can access support if you’ve been affected by bullying and harassment through the links below:
- National Bullying Helpline
Founded in 2003, the National Bullying Helpline was the first helpline to provide assistance to individuals struggling with bullying issues, whatever the nature of the abuse and is the only helpline of its kind. You can call 0845 22 55 787 or visit their website.
- The Cybersmile Foundation
If you’ve experienced bullying online, the Cybersmile Foundation is there to tackle digital abuse and bullying online and can offer support on a range of issues, including cyber self-harm, doxing, gaming, mental health and much more.
- Bullying UK
Bullying UK offers information on all types of bullying and has a confidential helpline if you’ve been affected.
Supportline offers lots of advice on a huge range of issues, including bullying, mental health, self esteem and more. Visit their website for more information.