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Children who are being bullied often find it very difficult to tell anyone, because they believe things will get worse if the child doing the bullying finds out. They can feel ashamed and embarrassed about what is happening and this is what the bully relies on.  They may feel they have done something to cause it or that they should be able to handle the problem themselves, (this is especially true with older children).

There are different forms of bullying:

Please also see our e-Safety page for more information about cyberbullying.


Children and young people can be bullied for any reason, but some include: 

Racist: Bullying based on skin colour, religion, ethnicity or language.

Homophobic: Discrimination due to somebody’s sexuality and/or gender identity.

Sexual: Unwelcome sexual advances or remarks that are intended to cause offence, humiliation or intimidation.

Disability: The bullying of children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.

'Differences': Bullying based on other reasons such as the way someone looks or dresses, hobbies and interests, family set up or social behaviour.


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