No one wants to be bullied, yet it seems like bullying is becoming more and more an issue in schools. Before you let you or your buddy become a victim, kit is important to know that there is something you can do. There are things you can do to keep yourself and the kids you know safe from bullying. No one should have to feel alone…
Stick with friends. There is safety in numbers. Avoid being alone in target areas like locker rooms, restrooms, and places where the bully hangs out.
Be assertive and confident. Use body language to show you are not afraid. Stand up straight and make eye contact.
Ignore the bully. Walk away. Don’t respond. Get out of the situation. Agree with the bully’s comments, then walk away.
Don’t seek revenge. Remember that using violence to solve problems only makes things worse.
Get help. If you are being bullied, don’t keep it a secret. Report all bullying incidents to friends or adults.
Don’t be a bystander. When no one speaks up, bullies learn they can get away with it.
Refuse to join in. Don’t take part in the bullying. Refuse to even watch.
Speak out. Distract the bully by changing the subject or using humor. Stand up for the victim. Tell them to stop.
Give support. Be a friend. Make an effort to include others who are normally left out or rejected.
Get an adult. Report any bullying you see to teachers or other adults. They can set clear, nonviolent consequences for future bullying behavior. Your friends can go with you to talk to a teacher, counselor, coach, or parent, in case you’re nervous to go alone.
If you would like to learn more about bullying prevention, contact Simple Acts of Care and Kindness at 866-459-7225 or visit www.simpleacts.org for additional information.