Bullying often happens in school or on the journey to and from school but it can also happen in other places such as your sports club. It can involve name calling, threats, insults, hitting, kicking, punching or other violence. It might also include having your belongings taken from you.
Bullying just doesn't have to happen in person, you can be bullied by text or online - on a social networking site like Facebook, Bebo or Twitter.
Being bullied might only happen once or twice, or it can become a regular thing. Nearly everyone is bullied at some time in their lives: by brothers and sisters, by neighbours, by adults or by other children. If you are being bullied you may feel scared, vulnerable and quite alone but you owe it to yourself to try to sort out the situation so that the bullying stops.
Even if it does only happen once, you don't have to put up with it. British Wrestling is committed to preventing bullying in your club but if you feel you, or someone you know, is being bullied you should do one of the following things:
- Tell your Club Welfare Officer, Coach or another adult you trust
- Tell your Mum or Dad
- Call the British Wrestling Lead Child Protection Officer, Yvonne Ball (tel: 01246 236443) or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or Childline is there for you to talk to at anytime (tel: 0800 1111). Childline is free and their number won't appear on the phone bill!
Safe and helpful websites for you to view:
... and if you are subject to cyber bullying then remember to store any messages that have upset you, so that you can show them to whoever you choose to tell.
For further information about bullying on the internet click...