Bullying happens when a person or a group of people repeatedly and intentionally use words or actions to cause distress and harm to another person’s wellbeing. It isn’t the same as a ‘normal’ conflict between people (such as having an argument or a fight) or simply disliking someone. It’s more about repeated behaviour by someone who has power or control over someone else.
What does it look like?
It can happen anywhere: in schools, at home, at work, or in online social spaces, such as text messages, emails, or posts on Instagram, Facebook or another social media site. It can be physical, verbal and/or emotional, and is really about someone intimidating or exercising control over someone else in a way that makes them feel afraid or embarrassed.
What to do if you are being bullied
If you’re experiencing bullying, looking after yourself can help you reduce your stress and feel more positive and hopeful. We chatted to a bunch of young people who’d experienced bullying and they shared their own self-care tips.
2 ways to deal with bullying
People who bully are looking to get under your skin, and they might even feel encouraged if they believe they're getting to you. It's good to know you have a choice on how to respond to bullying in the heat of the moment.
Quiz: how to deal with bullying
Being bullied and not sure how to deal with it? Take the online bullying quiz for top tips to help you improve your situation.
What is bullying?
Find out what bullying looks like, how it makes you feel and what do we know about people who bully.
Ways to cope with bullying
Top tips and advice on how to cope with bullying. Create your own coping strategy now.
Quiz: I'm being bullied, how can ReachOut help?
Get support from ReachOut through stories from other young people who have experienced bullying, our peer support forums and practical tips. Have a go at this short quiz to be guided to the content that suits you.
5 steps to talking about bullying
Cyberbullying can be overwhelming and can make you feel completely out of control. Rahart has steps on how to talk about your bullying experiences.
How to make friends and meet new people
Making new friends isn't always easy. We've out together a handy guide on how to meet new people and rebuild your friendship crew.
James' bullying story
James' bullying experiences in high school led to some pretty severe anxiety. He shares how focusing on himself was the thing that got him through.
5 steps to talking to someone you trust
The best way to deal with an issue is to talk to someone you trust. Here’s the step-by-step guide on how to talk to someone.
5 reasons to be an Upstander
An Upstander is someone who sees bullying and decides to act to stop it. Find out why you should choose to be an Upstander, not a bystander.
Carissa's bullying story
Here's how Carissa coped with one of the toughest times in her life, and how she’s stronger now than she ever thought she could be.
5 tips for dealing with online trolls
Trolls, or online bullies, are total pests - but you don’t have to let them bring you down, nor do you have to stop participating in your favourite online spaces. Here are some tips for dealing with trolls.
Kate's bullying story
Kate shares how her bullying stories, and how they made her the person that she is today.
Bullying vs. teasing
What really is the difference between bullying and teasing? We've laid it out for you so it's all crystal clear.
How to get help for bullying
If you see a bullying situation play out, it can be really hard to know what to do. But, did you know that in the majority of cases bullying will stop in minutes when someone steps up? Learn how to safely stand up to others here.