Welcome to the school section of iFace. You can read here what other young people with disfigurement think about school - good and bad - and how they deal with difficult situations (check out the forum for loads of great advice on how to beat the bullies). We'd like to hear from you too. Click on the 'add your story' button at the
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I think one of my friends is being bullied. How can I tell?
Bullying isn't a one off situation and it doesn't tend to go away on its own. Bullies will use physical, verbal, threatening or manipulative behaviour to intimidate or put others down. As well as hitting, kicking and shoving, bullying can also include purposely leaving people out, stealing things, threatening others and spreading rumours or hurtful gossip.
Your school will have a bullying policy that explains how teachers should respond. Has your friend spoken to anyone about this? Could you encourage him/her to speak with a trusted adult about what is happening? There are lots of people inside and outside school who can provide support, including Changing Faces' Children and Young People's Service, Kidscape and Bullying Online.
Your friend may also find it useful to to keep a journal or log of what has happened to help explain and give examples of what has been going on.
16th Nov 07 @ 20:21