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Bullying usually involves a person or group exploiting the fact that they feel more powerful than another. This can be acted out through physical or emotional harm - or both. Bullying takes on many forms, such as: leaving people out of a social circle; racist and homophobic abuse; being singled out as ‘different’; sexual abuse and discrimination; being taunted about your family situation; being forced to hand over money and possessions; and physical and violent attacks.

As technology continues to develop at a rapid rate, bullies are finding new ways to pick on their victims. Happy Slapping is the latest craze, where bullies take pictures or video clips of physical attacks to send on.

Texting and emailing threatening messages is another form of bullying that is on the rise, with one in five children now reporting that they have been bullied in this way.

Video: Don't Hide it - Bullying

Body language

Bullies pick on easy targets, so poor posture and averted eye contact will attract unwanted attention. Stand proud with your shoulders back and your head up, and look people in the eye - you’ll soon give out the message that you’re not afraid.

Safety in numbers

This is particularly important when bullying is taking place outside of a regular establishment. Work out your safest and most public routes home and try to stick with others at all times.

Speak up

This is exactly the thing that bullies expect you not to do, so you are already regaining some control by speaking up.

Explore your feelings

If there is no one you can tell, or you just don’t feel ready to open up face-to-face, consider talking anonymously to an organisation such as Bullying Online. You can send an email to:

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