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Could I be a target for bullies

Your Question

How do I know if I’m being a target for a bully?

Answer

Hey there! Thank you for sharing your questions with us.
 
It’s totally normal to wonder about these things, and we’re here to help you through it. First off, if you ever feel uneasy or targeted, it’s important to trust your instincts. Bullying can take various forms, like teasing, exclusion, or even online behaviour. If you notice a pattern of someone repeatedly making you feel upset or uncomfortable, it might be a red flag.
 
Remember, you’re not alone in this. Friends, family, and teachers can be great allies. Talk to someone you trust about what’s going on – sharing your feelings is the first step. If you’re unsure about whether it’s bullying, try keeping a record of incidents, noting when and where they occur. This can help you see a clearer picture and provide evidence if you decide to involve others.
 
You’re not powerless in this situation. There are people who care about your well-being and are ready to support you. It’s crucial to explore your options, whether it’s talking to a teacher, a school counsellor, or a family member. Together, you can find the best way to address the situation and ensure your safety. You may find this Childline article helpful www.childline.ie/what-is-bullying/.
 

If you would like to reach out and talk to us some more, our Childline Team are here to help and support you. We do not judge, and we can explore your options with you. You can contact us any time of the day or night, the Childline Listening service never closes, we are here for you 24/7/365. Our free-phone number is 1800 66 66 66 or you can use Live Chat on our website childline.ie.

 
Remember, your feelings are valid, and looking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. We’re here for you every step of the way.
 

Take care of yourself,

Alex

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