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Bullying is a common problem in many schools. Bullying happens more often in the lower grades, but it's also a big problem in high school.
You may be a victim of one or more of these five types of bullying:
All kinds of bullying are upsetting and painful. Bullying can happen in school, in your community, even on your street. It can lead to many problems, including:
Bullies rarely work well without an audience, and most kids don't like to see someone being picked on. Don't be the audience. If kids join together to stand up against a bully, the bully will lose his or her power and most likely stop.
If you see bullying happen and you are afraid to get involved, find an adult for help.
Talk to your parents or an adult you trust, like a school counsellor, the school nurse or a teacher. It's not a sign of weakness to get help. You can't solve this problem by yourself. The bully is usually not alone, and that's what makes them look powerful. The bully has an aggressive behaviour problem. Someone who bullies needs adult and professional help.
If bullying happens at school, you or your parents should talk to your teacher or the school principal. It is the school's responsibility to take action against this form of harassment. It could be useful to talk to a counsellor or a psychologist if you're really upset or depressed or if you need to talk to someone about how you feel.
Kids Help Phone is Canada's only toll-free, national telephone counselling service for children and youth. This site offers a forum for kids: experiencing violence, either at home or in their communities; struggling with alcohol and/or drug abuse; dealing with issues related to suicide; being bullied. Tips for parents are featured.
A site designed with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police that provides information on problems facing youth.
For more information: Healthy Canadians - Bullying