If bullying is not challenged and stopped, it can contribute to a culture where bullying is tolerated and everyone feels powerless to stop it.
You may need to use a few different strategies, such as:
- talking to a person you trust
- taking someone you trust with you when you seek help or talk to the bully
- writing what you want to say to the bully in an email or letter.
If you feel safe and confident, you can approach the bully about why their behaviour is not OK.
If you’re being bullied at work:
- check if your workplace has a bullying policy and complaints procedure
- keep a record of the bullying incidents, including your steps to try and stop the bullying
- tell someone at work, such as your supervisor or a health and safety representative.
If it’s violent or threatening, tell the police.
If your child is being bullied at school:
- help your child stay focused on finding a solution
- assure your child it’s not their fault
- talk to your child about different ways to relate to the bully and practise them through role play
- let your child know you will contact their school.
- You can find information about bullying at school on the Bullying No Way! website and about cyberbullying on the Office of the eSafety Commissioner website.
- Adults can be bullied too, including at work. Workplace bullying is any behaviour at work that is physically, mentally or socially threatening.
Last reviewed: October 2014