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.
There are three widely acknowledged means of bullying:
- direct physical bullying (pushing, hitting, punching, kicking)
- direct verbal bullying (yelling abuse at another, name-calling, insulting someone, using verbal threats)
- indirect bullying, also known as social bullying or relational bullying (spreading rumours, social exclusion, disclosing another’s secrets to a third party).
Cyberbullying is when a person or a group of people uses the internet, mobile phones, online games or any other kind of digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate someone else. You can report any online abuse through the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) website.