Abuse, bullying and online safety

Keeping safe is about trusting your instincts and making careful decisions to avoid putting you or your friends in danger whether you’re at home, at school, online, or out and about on the streets.
Abuse is any action by another person that causes significant harm to another. This can be: 
  • Domestic abuse – any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship.
  • Sexual Abuse – when you are being forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities.
  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) - when you are encouraged, or forced, to take part in sexual activity in exchange for something.
  • Physical abuse - when someone is deliberately hurting you causing injury such as bruises, broken bones and burns through hitting, kicking or having objects thrown at them.
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM) – this is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons.
  • Online abuse - any type of abuse that happens on the web either through social media, online gaming sites or using mobile phones.
  • Emotional abuse - the ongoing emotional ill-treatment of a child that can involve deliberately trying to scare or humiliate you, isolate you or ignore you.
  • Neglect – the ongoing failure to meet your basic needs as a child or young person. You may be left hungry or dirty, without adequate clothing, shelter, supervision, medical or health care.

Bullying can often be things like name-calling, hitting, happy-slapping (when someone gets attacked and it's filmed on a mobile phone) or stealing someone’s things, receiving nasty messages either via mobile phones or the internet or false rumours being spread about you. This can happen to any of us, at any time and any place but nobody has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad.

In School: speak with your parent, teacher or head of year, to see how the school will support you to overcome the bullying.

Bullying outside of school: Head teachers still have a responsibility to make sure pupils behave outside of the school. This includes Bullying that happens anywhere off the school site, eg on public transport or in a town centre. So if the bullying is happening outside of school by children that attends your school talk to the teacher or head of year.

If the bullying is not from children in your school you will need to report this to the police, They will be able to tell you what you need to do.

BullyingUK - advice and articles relevant to young people

Kidscape - advice on dealing with bullying, cyberbullying, friendships and 'frenemies'

Racism and racial bullying

Online and e-Safety

We are surrounded by social media and chat rooms. It's important for us to know how to keep yourself safe whilst we surf and socialise online

Think you know

Sex relationships and the internet For young people ages 14+

You your friends and the internet For young people aged 11 - 13 years