What to do if Someone You Know is Being Bullied

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Bullying usually involves one or more people teasing, being violent towards, or harassing somebody on an ongoing basis. Bullying can happen in person and online and through cell phones.

Is someone you know being bullied? People who experience bullying might be scared to talk about it, or they might feel ashamed about being bullied. This could lead them to try to hide what is going on. Here are some things that you can do if you think someone is being bullied:

  • Talk to that person. Try to remember that the person you are talking with could be very sensitive about the situation and could be scared to talk about it.
  • Let that person know you care. Help boost this person’s self-confidence.
  • Include the person into your group. Making a special effort to include the person into your group could help raise the person’s confidence.
  • Stick up for him or her. If you see someone is being bullied, it might be helpful to say something. You might need to address the situation with a group of friends, so that you feel safe to confront the bully.
  • Speak to someone. Talk to a teacher, counselor or another adult even if the person being bullied does not want you to. If possible have the person go with you.

Acknowledgement: This fact sheet was originally developed by youth and staff at ReachOut.com, a website that helps teens get through tough times. 

Dear Auntie, There is this kid at my school that everyone picks on. Is there anything I can do to help him?

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