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If you are being bullied

Take action against bullying

When someone is being bullied there are two important things to think about:

  1. look after yourself or the person being bullied
  2. take action to try to stop the bullying.

Below are some things to try to reduce the bullying behaviour:

  • Ask them to stop.
  • Walk away or ignore them.
  • Talk to someone.
  • Keep a diary.
  • Report the abuse to a trusted adult or the police.
  • Focus on looking after yourself.
  • If things don’t improve get support from a friend, family member or counsellor.

Where to get support

There are many people who can support you, including friends, teachers, family members, counsellors, managers or parents. They can talk with you about how you are coping and what support you need. If your feelings of stress, anxiety or sadness get too intense, a counsellor, youth worker or doctor can help. You can talk to a counsellor in person at your local medical clinic or headspace or call one of the following helplines:

More information

Take a Stand Together

Provides interactive animations, tips and advice to help you decide how to respond if someone is giving you a hard time at school or online, and tools to help you take a stand against bullying, harassment and violence.

Category: Good relationships


Download Take a Stand Together app for:

Stand up against bullying

You can do something to stop bullying if you know someone who is being harassed. Find out more about what a 'bystander' is and the power you have as a bystander to do something.


This content was sourced from the beyondblue, Kids Helpline and cyber[smart:] websites (2014).

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Last updated:
25 June 2018
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