In Redcar & Cleveland we take bullying seriously and with help from schools and youth organisations it is hoped that all young people have someone to report bullying to.
If you are being bullied you need to tell someone, this is the only way it will stop.
The bully may tell you it will get worst if you tell, however this is a strategy they use because they are frightened they will get found out.
What you can do
If you think that you or someone you know is being bullied or you are being bullied there are lots of things you can do.
You do not have to put up with bullying but it probably wont go away on its own so get help and support. This could be from anybody that you trust and can confide in. Tell family and friends whats happening so you do not feel alone. If its at school tell a teacher; if its at work, tell a supervisor or manager; every school and workplace should have policies to deal with it.
If you find it difficult speaking to someone you know about it you could try speaking to a Connexions Personal Adviser, or a Child Line or NSPCC counsellor.
For more information
The BBC One life web site is full of helpful advice on bullying.
The need2know web site can give you lots of information and advice about bullying.
Bullying Online is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to answer your e-mails on any aspect of bullying.
Kidscape is a national charity which is committed to keeping children safe from bullying and abuse. Their helpline is also available at a local rate on 08451 205 204 Monday-Friday from 10.00am-4.00pm.
Child Line is the free 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK. You can call 0800 1111 about any problem you might be having, at any time - day or night.
The NSPCC specialises in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. They have been directly involved in protecting children and campaigning on their behalf since 1884.
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