Nearly everyone’s been bullied at some point in their lives, including famous people like Jamie Redknapp, Jessica Ennis and Will Young, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with it. If you’re being bullied, it’s not because it’s your fault, or because it’s something everyone has to suffer through – you have a right to be treated with respect and to change what is happening.
People can do very hurtful things sometimes, and any behaviour that makes you feel uncomfortable could be a sign of bullying. If you ever feel alone, scared or unsafe because of someone else’s behaviour, you should look for some help to get the behaviour to stop.
Watch the video (right) for an example of bullying.
This video highlights the effects of bullying. If you are affected by this, then contact one of the agencies in the external links section for help.
What to do
If bullying is happening in your club, tell the junior convenor or an adult you trust.
It’s very important that bullying isn’t kept secret. Don’t worry about whether reporting the behaviour will make it worse; bringing things into the open is an important step in getting the bully to change their behaviour. Don’t feel embarrassed to ask for help either. Everyone needs help at some stage and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
If adults and organisers in the club know what’s going on, they can talk to the junior section about behaviour in general and remind everyone of the code of conduct. They can also talk to the individual who is causing harm, and take action against hurtful and bullying behaviour.