Harassment can have many appearances.

It can happen at school, in the playground, between friends. You are being hassled, left out, mocked, threatened, blackmailed, robbed, beaten up... you feel like you can’t defend yourself. Perhaps you have seen another child being picked on? This is called bullying, harassment or intimidation.

It’s not usually called bullying, if it just a small argument. Harassment means that something is happening on a regular basis, over a long period of time and that it’s hurtful and painful. Sometimes, adults turn a blind eye because they don’t want to interfere, but if you are being bullied, you will definitely need the help of an adult.

•             “The other children don’t want to play with me because I’m black!”

•             “My classmates beat me up all the time!”

•             “I get hassled because I’m so fat!

If you are the victim of bullying, you definitely shouldn’t think that it’s your fault, or that you are stupid because you can’t defend yourself. But you shouldn’t count too much on the bullying just stopping by itself!

•             If you are being left out of a group,

•             if you are scared all the time,

•             if you can’t go to school without having pains in your stomach,

•             if your school marks are getting worse,

•             if you are increasingly keeping yourself to yourself,

•             if you are losing all your self-confidence...

... then it’s time to look for help.

What should you do?

Talk to someone about it, either to your parents, your brothers and sisters, your teachers, your grandmother, a friend... or call 116 111. Here, you will find an adult who will listen to you. They will help you find a way to improve your situation