Bullying is never ok. It’s hurtful and can impact someone for a long time. Although bullying can make you feel isolated, remember, you’re not alone in this. There are people you can talk to and things you can do to stop the bullying.
Read on to find out how many people are going through this and what you can do to help yourself or someone else.
Bullying & Cyber bullying in Australia
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How to help yourself
1. Tell someone
It is much more difficult to deal and resolve bullying on your own. This means you will need to open up to someone. Think about who is likely to listen, hear and understand you. It could be a friend, a sibling, parents, family, a teacher, a career advisor or school counsellor. Having someone who is supportive should give you further strength and knowledge to stand up for yourself and work on resolving the issue.
2. Ask the bully to stop
This may seem difficult or even impossible. Especially if the bullying has been happening continually or for a long time. However, not responding at all might have even worse effects. Asking the bully to stop might make the bully more aware of the pain they are causing. Talking will also demonstrate that you are standing up for yourself, making you appear less fragile and appealing for further bullying.
3. Distance yourself
If talking to the bully does not work out, ignoring the comments or behaviour and walking away will certainly make the bullying a less entertaining activity for the bully. If it’s not fun to them, they are more likely to stop. So, your reactions can also play an important role.
4. Be confident
If you are not naturally confident, that is still okay. In this case, fake it till you make it!
Act or respond confidently in just one situation, then another one, and another… This is how slowly you will prove to yourself that you can, in fact, become more confident. The more confidence you radiate, the less bullies will come after you. Finally, remember that bullying behaviour is way more a reflection of that person who is being mean, than a reflection of you.
How to help others
Never stand by and watch bullying behaviour. Ideally, tell the bully to stop and support the person who is being bullied. If this is challenging, at least find a person or institution where you can report it. Have a chat about the support services with the person.
Resources for more support
Finally, if you still can’t think of anyone who would listen or help, there are a lot of organizations out there which exist for the purpose of helping and combating bullying. Whether it’s in person or cyberbullying, don’t shy away and reach out to these helplines:
5 to 25 year olds. All issues. Confidential phone counselling available all day, every day. Online chat available 24/7, 365 days a year.
1800 55 1800
12 to 25 year olds. All issues. Phone counselling available all day, every day. Online chat available 9am to 1am EST daily.
1800 650 890
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