Breaking the Cycle

Resource 2 – Identification and Action

Here are some actions you can take to stop bullying. Letting the situation go on is not good for anyone – especially you. Tell someone, even if you don’t think it will help. Just talking about a situation can help put it in perspective. You could talk to a friend; a parent; your scout leader or a trusted teacher who you know will take what you’re saying seriously

  • Keep a record of incidents
  • Call the Kids Helpline (1800 551 800).

Bullies win when you’re upset, so here are some things you can practice if you think you are being bullied:

  • Act unimpressed: pretend not to notice if you’re excluded or if the bullying is verbal, walk away
  • Look around for other friendship groups
  • Get involved in activities where you feel safe.

If you are being cyberbullied, you can:

  • Block senders
  • Keep messages by sending them to someone else. Don’t look at them yourself
  • Change passwords
  • Don’t retaliate
  • Talk to a friend, parent or teacher
  • If there are threats or calls to harm yourself, report abuse to the police and also the ISP or website.

Bullying is bad for everybody – not just the person being bullied. It can make places like school, Scouts, or your sporting club seem unsafe and make you feel as though you don’t want to go there.


Even if you don’t feel as though you can step in and stop the situation yourself, there are still things you can do, like:

  • Don’t stay and watch or encourage bullying. Walk away and get help.
  • Don’t get involved in harassment, teasing or spreading gossip about others off or online.
  • Don’t forward or respond to offensive or upsetting messages or photos.
  • Support the person who is being bullied to ask for help. For example, you could go with them to a place they can get help or provide them with information about where to go for help.
  • Tell a trusted adult, maybe your Scout leader who might be able to help.