I'm too scared to go to school - what should I do?
No-one has the right to stop you from going to school. Your school has a duty to protect you from bullying and keep you safe. Try taking a quiet moment to talk to someone you trust and tell them about the problem. That could be a teacher or someone else you feel comfortable talking to. They can get in touch with your school and work out a way to help you.
How can I protect myself from being bullied?
The best way to protect yourself from being bullied is to tell someone so that you can get some help. If you try to fight back, you might make the situation worse or get into trouble yourself.
Here are some other ideas about how you can deal with bullying. Think about your situation, and what options might be best for you.
- Don’t ignore bullying – it won’t go away on its own and it may get worse.
- Tell someone you trust – such as a teacher, parent or friend.
- Remember – it’s not your fault. No one deserves to be bullied.
Here are some other things you might want to think about:
- Keep a record – and save any nasty texts or emails that you have been sent.
- If possible try to stay away from the bullies or stay with a group when you don't feel safe.
- Ask your mates to look out for you.
- Try not to fight back – you could get into trouble or get hurt.
- Check your school’s anti-bullying policy. This will tell you what your school should do about bullying.