Bullying and cyberbullying - Deaf Zone

Bullying is when someone says things or does things to make you feel bad. Cyberbullying (online bullying) is when somebody threatens or writes nasty things to you over the internet. Wherever it's happening, it's wrong and we've got advice to help.

why am i being bullied?

Bullying can be done by friends, family, people at school and strangers. And it can happen for lots of reasons.

Sometimes someone could be teased or hurt because of:

  • how they look
  • their race or cultural background
  • they sign or have a cochlear implant.

Bullying can happen anywhere - at a mainstream school, at a Deaf boarding school, at home at the weekend. Or it can happen online.

Nobody has the right to bully you – whether you're d/Deaf or not. Bullying can be really hard to deal with, but there are lots of ways to get support.

3 things to remember:

  • if you're being bullied, it's not your fault
  • tell someone you trust, like a parent or teacher
  • you can block and report people who bully on social networks.

Overcoming challenges if you're d/Deaf

how to stop cyberbullying

  • Save the messages – you can show them to an adult you trust
  • Never give out personal details - your phone number, home address or which school you go to could be used to find you
  • Don't reply to nasty messages - this might encourage them to send more
  • Report it - if you are being bullied on a social networking site such as Facebook, you can report it on the website
  • Tell the police – if something serious has happened, you can call the police on 999.

Remember, you can always get support from Childline. You can chat online by using 1-2-1 counsellor chatsend an email or you can use Sign Video.

How to stop online bullying


how bullying can make you feel

It can feel like there is no escape from online bullying. You might not know who is behind it or how many people are involved. But things can get better.

Telling someone about what's going on is often the first step in getting bullying stopped.

If you're being bullied, you might feel:

But nobody has the right to make you feel this way. You don't have to deal with this on your own.

feels like it

Get support if you're experiencing bullying

building your confidence

Being d/Deaf is only one part of who you are. You are important and there are lots of good things about you.

Make a list of things you like about yourself - whether you’re funny, good at something or you like to help others. This can help you feel more confident.

chat or sign to a counsellor

If you are d(D)eaf or hard of hearing, you can get support from Childline in lots of ways. And you can chat to us about anything.

Find out how to contact us in BSL (British Sign Language) below. You can also contact a counsellor online, anytime.

Contact Childline with SignVideo

You can contact a counsellor through a qualified BSL interpreter anytime from Monday – Friday, 8am-8pm. Saturdays, 8am-1pm:

  • open SignVideo and click "allow webcam"
  • when you're connected, an interpreter will appear on your screen
  • you can chat to the interpreter in BSL
  • they'll translate your conversation to the counsellor.