If you can, try to avoid the bully in school and social situations.
Ignoring them works best since they can’t get a reaction from you and eventually they will get bored.
Always walk with a friend; there is safety in numbers.
Show minimal reaction to bullying; don’t take anything they say about you to heart.
Find an adult to stop the bullying on the spot.
Report all bullying to an authority figure; school staff, parent, police.
If the situation becomes physical and all other options are exhausted, protect and defend yourself.
Look at the kid bullying you and tell him or her to stop in a calm, clear voice. You can also try to laugh it off. This works best if joking is easy for you. It could catch the kid bullying you off guard. If speaking up seems too hard or not safe, walk away and stay away.
There are things you can do to stay safe in the future, too.
Talk to an adult you trust. Don’t keep your feelings inside. Telling someone can help you feel less alone. They can help you make a plan to stop the bullying.
Stay away from places where bullying happens.
Stay near adults and other kids. Most bullying happens when adults aren’t around.
STAND UP FOR OTHERS
When you see bullying, there are safe things you can do to make it stop.
Talk to a parent, teacher, or another adult you trust. Adults need to know when bad things happen so they can help.
Be kind to the kid being bullied. Show them that you care by trying to include them. Sit with them at lunch or on the bus, talk to them at school, or invite them to do something. Just hanging out with them will help them know they aren’t alone.
Not saying anything could make it worse for everyone. The kid who is bullying will think it is ok to keep treating others that way.
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