No one should say or do things to you that:
- Make you feel bad about yourself
- Are cruel and hurtful
- Make you feel scared, worried, sad or upset.
Sometimes your parents may tell you off if you’ve done something you shouldn’t have. That happens to lots of boys and girls but that’s okay because they want you to be safe, happy and behave responsibly. There are lots of adults who know you who can give you good advice about how to stay safe.
But there may be times when an adult is shouting at you all the time. Or they may call you cruel names. It might make you feel unsafe or unhappy if someone is screaming or shouting all the time. Nobody likes to be shouted at a lot or to hear loud shouting all the time. Grown-ups should want you to be safe, healthy and happy and nobody should ever be cruel to you.
There might be times when someone who is looking after you:
- Shouts at you or calls you cruel names
- Puts you down or tells you that you aren’t good enough
- Ignores you, stops talking to you or leaves you out of things all the time
- Says or does things that make you feel bad about yourself
- Tries to push you too hard
- Treats you worse than other people in your family
- Stops you from seeing friends or going out and having fun when you haven’t done anything wrong.
If they doing these things or making you feel bad about yourself, this is wrong, even if they are not doing it on purpose.
If anyone is doing this to you, speak to an adult you trust like your teacher or classroom assistant or you can call Childline on 0800 1111.