Strategies to protect yourself

If you are being bullied:
  • Keep important contacts on your mobile, so you can easily ask for help if you need it.
  • When you go out, tell someone you trust (e.g. your parents) where you are going and what time you will return.
  • Vary your routes to the places you usually attend (e.g., from home to school) and try to do so in the company of others (for example, if you have classmates who live in the same area as you, arrange a time and a place where you can all meet to go together).
  • Tell someone you trust (e.g. a friend / classmate) what is happening, so that you have someone nearby you can go to, especially when you're alone. Talk to a trusted adult who works at the school about what is happening. You can also tell your parents. Adults can only help you if they know what you are going through.
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  • There are organisations who can give you support and advice free of charge. You don’t need to make a report to the police. See How and where can I get support? for more information.            


  • If you encounter the bully, react calmly, safely, without violence. Not showing fear can sometimes be enough to discourage the bully.
  • If you feel that you are in danger go to a place where you feel safe or with more people around. You can also dial 999.