Bullying comes in all different forms from mental to physical to cyber. It is usually repeated behaviour that can make someone feel scared, worthless, lonely, guilty or upset. It can happen anywhere: at school, work, home, on your phone or computer etc.
There’s lots of help and advice out there if you’re being bullied, but the main piece of advice is to tell someone. If you tell someone that it’s happening then they can help you do something about it. Don’t be scared or embarrassed – it’s not right, and you shouldn’t have to suffer. Tell someone you trust (like a parent, teacher, social worker) but if you feel you can’t talk to anyone then you get in touch with the Meic helpline to talk to a friendly advisor. They can help you to find the support you need. Chat online, text (84001) or call free on 080880 23456.
Bullying Advice in Cardiff
Bullies Out – Bullies Out works across the UK (although they are based in Cardiff Bay) to empower and inspire children and young people to overcome bullying. They do this through providing education, training and support.
Grassroots – While this isn’t a specific service for bullying, Grassroots is a great Youth Provision that can support young people aged 16-25. They offer information, advice and support and run activities, training and workshops to help build confidence and self-worth. Your self-esteem may have taken a knock as a result of the bullying so this could help. A relaxed and friendly atmosphere where you’ll have a chance to make new friends while taking part in music, performance, video and digital arts activities.
Kidscape – anti-bullying helpline for parents.
Relate – Providing relationship support for people of all ages.
Bullying UK – Part of Family Lives. Provides help on all forms of bullying – at school, cyberbullying, racism, homophobia, bullying in sport etc.
NSPCC – The NSPCC works to protect children and prevent abuse. Click the link to find advice on bullying and cyberbullying and how your parents/guardians can help you.
NHS – The NHS Moodzone takes a look at bullying at work and what you can do about it.
Anti-bullying Alliance – Organisations and individuals working together to stop bullying and create safe environments, in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.
Scared of Someone – Scared of Someone aims to provide support to victims, potential victims and others affected by stalking/harassment throughout the UK.
Schools Out UK – Provides a support network to raise the issue of homophobia in schools
STANCE – A resource pack for schools full of materials to tackle homophobic bullying using a whole school approach.
Stonewall – Stonewall is there for all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. They support individuals to work out how to make a difference for LGBT people at work, home and in the community, how to challenge homophobic behaviour and empowering people.
If you need more information about bullying issues and services that can help contact the Meic helpline. Meic is an advocacy, advice and information helpline for children and young people in Wales. Call free on 080880 23456, text 84001 or Instant Message.
Useful apps and games
Childnet Digizen – Play the game to find out if you are a responsible digital citizen
We could not find any suitable apps for the bullying section. If you know of any that would be great for this list then please let us know by emailing info@theSprout.co.uk.
Blogs and guides
Banter or Bullying? – Meic
Aunty Sprout: My Friend Is Bullying Me – theSprout
Bullying and ‘My’ Mental Health – Bullies Out
Overcoming the Effects of Bullying – Young Minds
Rosie’s Story: Bullying and Autism – Young Minds
When the star of Meic’s ‘Someone, Somewhere Will Be Feeling Like This Right Now’ video read her character’s story, it all felt very familiar to Megan. She told Meic about her own experiences of bullying: