Bullies gain satisfaction from scaring you, making you
feel as though you can't go to school. Don’t deal with bullying
alone, tell a friend, family member or teacher. You need to act as soon
as you can and not let it get out of hand.
You need to let a member of staff at school know that
you are being bullied, whether it be a teacher or nurse. This will allow
them to help you. Staff at school are well trained to deal with this sort
of problem and they will know what to do. While at school you may want
to stay somewhere where you can be seen. This will make it more difficult
for the bullies to threaten or attack you.
Body language plays a big part in what other people think
of you. By looking at the ground or running to a classroom will make yourself
look vulnerable and bullies will notice you and target you even more.
Try to look confident walk with your head up high; this will make them
think twice about picking on you.
Examples of Bullying.
Bullying may also take other forms, all of which are significant.
What to do.
- Avoid areas where you may find yourself exposed, alone or cornered
with the bullies.
- Tell someone you can trust, (parents, brother, sister, teacher, counsellor
or best mate).
- Try not to provoke or retaliate, this may give the bully further
reason to pick on you.
- Record instances of bullying:
What was said,
When it was said, and by whom.
You can then present this as evidence when required.
- Focus on the positive solutions instead of the negative problems.
- Contact local or national gay, lesbian and bisexual youth groups,
helplines or websites for information.
- You can inform the police - homophobia is now viewed as a hate crime and is an illegal offence, if you think your bulling as homophobic then
it will be recorded as such.
Young Person's Links
Suffer in Silence
Teachers / Parents Links
Joint Action Against Homophobic Bullying
Children's Legal Centre