Everyone needs to feel safe so they can feel happy and do their best.
What kind of things might make me feel unsafe?
If anyone is making you feel unsafe, it is not your fault.
What should I do if I am worried about something or about a friend?
There are people in school who have had special training to try and help make you feel safe again. You, adults at home or your friends can always talk to one of these people.
Below is a telephone number and website for Childline. Childline offers free, confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help.
What are the PANTS rules?
Your underwear covers up your private parts and no one should ask to see or touch them. Sometimes a doctor, nurse or family members might have to. But they should always explain why, and ask you if it's OK first.
Your body belongs to you. No one should ever make you do things that make you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. If someone asks to see or tries to touch you underneath your underwear say 'NO' – and tell someone you trust and like to speak to.
No means no and you always have the right to say ‘no’ – even to a family member or someone you love. You’re in control of your body and the most important thing is how YOU feel. If you want to say ‘No’, it’s your choice.
There are good and bad secrets. Good secrets can be things like surprise parties or presents for other people. Bad secrets make you feel sad, worried or frightened. You should tell an adult you trust about a bad secret straight away.
Talk about stuff that makes you worried or upset. If you ever feel sad, anxious or frightened you should talk to an adult you trust. This doesn't have to be a family member. It can also be a teacher or a friend's parent – or even Childline.
There is no legal definition of bullying. But it is usually defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.
If you are worried about bullying and would like some advice, here is a great website with useful information.
Stop at the kerb or edge of the street.