Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.

If you are being bullied please read through the following important points.

  • Bullying is not really about you although you are the one being chosen. It is about the person/s doing it. In other words they have the problem, they are the ones with low self-esteem and low confidence. You have to love and respect yourself every day of your life and never let another person ever stop you doing that.
  • You are probably being bullied because you are different. You are not the same as they are. You might dress, look, act, think, learn, walk, talk, differently. They might dislike like you because you have something they don't. They might even be jealous. They don't see you as one of the crowd. In a way this is good news because you are not like everybody else. Celebrate being unique. There is no other person in the world exactly like you. Leaders and champions are different, unique, independent.
  • There are many, many people in this world being bullied. You are not alone. How you deal with it is important. You must talk to someone you trust - friend, parent, teacher. If you don't want to confide in someone you know then there are helplines, see below.
  • Bullying sometimes means pain. Mental and/or physical. Standing up to bullies verbally might mean more pain but it could bring it to an end. Never retaliate physically unless you need to defend yourself against physical violence.
  • You need to show others just how bad it can be, so try the following. Leave your mobile phone on to record threats. Save threatening texts and emails. Try and get the bullies to a place where there are street cameras. If it is really bad ask your parents to get you a pinhole camera to film any events.
  • Ask your friends to look out for you and to use their mobile phones/cameras to record anything bad.
  • We suggest that you visit other websites that specialise in Bullying. Here is one we recommend www.BullyingAnswers.com

    ChildLine (UK) 0800 1111. (0800 400 222 for hard of hearing)

    We need helplines in other countries. If you have or know of one please contact us.

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