Having fun and keeping safe
Everyone has the right to feel safe. Whether you’re at home, out with friends, at school or at your football club.
Nobody has the right to bully, abuse or hurt you. And it’s never okay for someone to force you to do something that hurts you or makes you feel upset or unsafe.
Understanding more about abuse and bullying can help you recognise if it happens to you or someone else. You can get help and support from Childline any time you’re feeling worried or unsafe
Some of the things you could be worried about might be:
- Problems at home
- Fitting in and making friends
It's natural to want to fit in at places like school or a club.
- Doing well
You may feel under pressure to do well at school or at activities outside of school.
- Friendship problems
- Being bullied
Bullying is when someone is mean to you on purpose, such as calling you names or hitting you. This is wrong and is never your fault.
- Staying safe online
You have the right to be happy and safe online. Follow our online safety tips to stay safe.
Physical abuse - when someone hurts your body on purpose.
Emotional abuse - when someone hurts your feelings on purpose.
Sexual abuse - when someone makes you do things with your body or their body that makes you feel uncomfortable or scared.
Neglect - when you aren’t getting your basic needs met at home.
What to do if you're worried
If you feel worried about anything then there's always help available, you never have to go through anything alone. No problem is too big or too small.
- You can talk to a safe adult, this could be a parent or carer, a relative or someone at your football club or school.
- You can talk to Childline, Childline counsellors are always here for you. You can:
- Call them on 0800 1111
- Talk to them online by 1-2-1 chat
- Send them an email
- Speak to them in British Sign Language by sign video
- In an emergency call 999.
Coping with change
Sometimes it can feel hard when things change. This could be things at home or going to a new school or football club. If you're ever worried or upset about anything there's always help available for you.
- Talk about how you’re feeling
It can really help. Talk to a safe adult at home, your football club or school. You can also talk to Childline about how you’re feeling.
- Remember what you’ve achieved
Being involved in any sport or school activity is a really good experience. Remember all the things you've done, learned and achieved.