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Information on bullying

Bullying is when an individual or group of individuals are verbally, emotionally, physically unkind to another intentionally to show superior strength.

It is bullying when it is:





There are 4 main types of bullying

  • Physical

This includes: Slapping, punching, spitting, Kicking

  • Verbal

This includes: Name calling, Teasing

  • Emotional This includes: social isolations, taking friends away
  • Cyberbullying-this is the use of technology which can be used to send malicious messages


Cyber Bullying

Cyberbullying is any form of bullying which is carried on through the use of electronic and media devices such as:

    • Smart phones
    • Laptops and tablets
    • Gaming consoles

Tips for getting support with cyberbullying

1. Keep a record of what is happening with screenshots of any messages received but DO NOT reply to any messages

2. Think before you post online, you never know who may be watching

3. Get an adult or trusted friend to test your social media page out, to make sure the privacy settings are as you’d like

4. Do not reply to any nasty messages received

5. Tell a trusted adult or friend about what has been happening.

6. If it persists you can report it to the police via 101 or 999 if it is an emergency.

The Law and cyberbullying

Although there are no legal definition of Cyberbullying, there are existing laws that can be applied to cases of cyberbullying and online harrassment.

  • Protection from Harassment Act 1997
  • Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
  • Malicious Communications Act 1988
  • Communications Act 2003
  • Breach of the Peace (Scotland)
  • Defamation Act 2013


Please note: Sussex Against Bullying staff and volunteers are not legally trained professionals, if you wish to seek legal advice we suggest you look at:


Getting support with bullying

How to prevent bullying:

Bullying can be prevented if you:





Telling a trusted adult can help prevent bullying, this could be:

  • Your older brother/sister
  • Mum dad
  • Nanny, Grandad
  • Uncle or Aunt
  • Best friend
  • A teacher at school

1. Record and save evidence of what is happening, who was involved and who witnessed the bullying incident-Use the Bullying Diary below to help you to do this.

2. Try to stick around with friends or teachers, the more people around there are, the more likely this will deter bullies and get them to leave you alone.

3. Start telling other people, take a friend with you for support if needed.

Under 11 yrs.

Support for bullying for a young person under the age of 11 yrs.

Unfortunately SAB, only allows young people aged between 11-18 to join their youth club, however, we may still be able to help.

There are many organisations including services run within the county council who are able to support your child.

Get in touch via email:  or phone  us  on  07578  534933


Ages 11-18

Young people aged between 11-18, are able to join the youth club and holiday project run by Sussex Against Bullying.

We are also able to signpost/refer young people to services run by the county council

Resources and Downloads

Sussex Against Bullying Support:

Childline-if you are a child, wanting support for bullying, ring childline on 0800 1111 or go to their website

Cyber smile- A UK/international Anti Cyber-bullying charity which provides email mentoring for young people being affected by cyberbullying.

The West Sussex Anti-bullying helpline

A Sussex run helpline for children and parents to contact about bullying. They are West Sussex run and are able to send youth workers to schools to work with young people who are being bullied. Phone Number: 03330142904