Being bullied because you're deaf

Bullying can happen to anyone. And it can have a big effect on how you feel. Whether it’s happened online, offline or both, it's wrong and we've got advice to help.

am i being bullied?

Bullying is when someone says or does things to make you feel bad on purpose. But it's not always easy to tell if someone's bullying you.

Bullying can include:

  • Being called names, teased or making fun of your cochlear implants
  • Ignoring you or leaving you out
  • Whispering or turning away so you don't know what's said
  • Using made up signs
  • Hurting or threatening you
  • Having your things stolen or broken
  • Doing anything on purpose to make you feel bad

Bullying can happen anywhere, at school, when you're out or online.

Nobody has the right to bully you. If you're being bullied, there are ways to get support and you can chat or sign to a Childline counsellor any time.

3 things to remember:

  • bullying is never 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 deaf

How to Stop bullying

  • Tell someone
    Talk to an adult you trust about what’s happening so they can help. Or if you aren’t able to, chat or sign to a Childline counsellor using SignVideo (anchor link)
  • Don’t respond to bullies
    Responding to nasty messages or saying things back can make things worse or make you unsafe
  • Report and block people online
    If you are being bullied on a social networking site like Snapchat or Instagram, you can report it and block the person on the site or app
  • Distract yourself
    Try doing something you enjoy like playing a game, or spending time with people who make you feel good about yourself
  • Talk to the police
    If someone hurts you because you’re deaf, that can be a hate crime. You can speak to the police any time someone makes you feel unsafe or commits a crime against you.

ways to feel better

Bullying can have a big effect on how you feel. It can affect your self-esteem or make you feel alone or depressed. However you're feeling, we've got things to help you feel better:

Calm cloud

If you’re feeling upset because of something someone's said, take some long, deep breaths. Breathe in and out with the cloud.

chat or sign to a counsellor

There are lots of ways to get support from Childline if you're deaf. You can have a 1-2-1 chat, send an email to a counsellor or use SignVideo.

Contact Childline with SignVideo

SignVideo lets you contact a counsellor through a 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.

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