What to do if you’re being bullied

No one should ever have to tolerate being bullied. As scary and isolating as being targeted can feel, know that you're not alone. Help and resources are available.

Responding to bullying

Being bullied is not your fault. You deserve to feel safe emotionally and physically. While there are no simple solutions, there are steps you can take to stand up to bullying.

Stay calm.

After a negative encounter, take a few deep breaths to clear your mind. This will help you make the best decision about who to contact and what information they may need to help. Try not to approach the person who bullied you when you’re upset.

Tell someone you trust.

If you’ve been threatened or you’re worried about your safety, talk to someone you trust right away. This can be a family member, teacher, close friend or trusted adult.

Depending on the situation, you may need to consider contacting local authorities, such as a helpline or law enforcement.

Keep yourself safe.

Never risk being alone with anyone who makes you feel unsafe. If you have to talk to the person who is bullying you, use simple and direct language and remain calm.

If the bullying is happening on social media, use our safety tools to block, report or unfriend/unfollow people in your network. Learn more about the tools available to you across our platforms and how to use them.

Don't retaliate.

Resist the temptation of getting even or putting down the person who bullied you. This will help prevent you from saying or doing something you may regret later. Continue treating yourself and others with respect.