Sticks and Stones

Key Fact

What is bullying?

Bullying is when someone hurts, threatens or frightens you regularly.

Video: Tarian Says

Top Tips


  • No-one has the right to hurt you or make you feel sad.
  • If you are being bullied, tell someone straight away like your teacher, parent or carer or your school’s police officer.
  • Do not fight back - you may end up getting hurt or in trouble.
  • When possible, keep away from the bullies.
  • If you feel unsafe, try to stay with a group of friends who will look after you.
  • Remember, there is always someone who will help you.

Rapping Rhymes

Sticks and stones could break your bones,

But names can really hurt you.

If a bully makes you unhappy,

Tell your teacher really snappy!

Bullies try to hurt you,

Bullies want to scare;

Bullies need to know,

Bullying is unfair!


Tarian will help you learn

  • what is bullying,
  • the effects of bullying,
  • why people bully, and
  • who to turn to for help.

Question and Answer

Question: What is bullying?
Answer: It can be hitting someone, spoiling their work, sending nasty messages, taking their money, making fun of them, or ignoring them regularly. Remember it can happen to anyone, it is never their fault.
Question: Why do people bully?
Answer: They might be jealous, need attention or want other people to be afraid of them. They may have been bullied themselves, or they feel unhappy with their lives. Bullies can be come addicted to the power and control they have over others.
Question: What should I do if I see someone being bullied?
Answer: Tell an adult straight away, because you should always help. Don’t try to deal with the bullies on your own.
Question: What could be the consequences of bullying?
Answer: Being bullied can be very upsetting. It is very serious, because as an adult a bully could be breaking the law.

If you need help, phone ChildLine on

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