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The Way To Be!
"Get A Grip
What Kids Can Do
To Stop Bullying
Just don't do
it! Don't bully your peers!
responsibility for your behavior if you bully others.
fear with respect. A person who is feared only has power and influence
as long as they are able to scare others. A person who is respected
has power and influence without needing to be feared. Bullies are
feared, not respected!
you are playing, being funny, acting cool or being tough when you are
bullying is no big deal. Bullying hurts others and in some cases ruins
yourself to be provoked into bullying. Bullying is NEVER justified!
manage your anger and frustration. Seek help if you need it.
Bullying won't make you any real friends.
Maybe you're trying to protect yourself from it happening to you, or maybe
you get bullied at home. Either way you'll notice bullies don't have
real friends, only people too scared to disagree.
Do you know why you bully people? Try to
understand why you're acting the way you are. Get to the cause of the
problem rather than taking it out on other people.
Try to feel good about changing the way you act
around people - you can choose the sort of person you want to be.
Walk tall. Body language sends
out important signals. Standing up straight will make you look strong,
determined and positive, even if you're scared out of your wits inside.
Walk away. There's no point listening to someone
being abusive if you don't have to.
Stay in a group or around other people whenever
you can. Having other people around can act as a kind of insurance.
Tell your parents you are
Tell your teacher or another
school staff member you are being bullied.
Never provoke a bully into
Tell the bully to stop.
If possible, ignore them. They're trying to
upset you and will hopefully get bored if they don't get a reaction.
Ask a friend to get a teacher
or another staff member.
Avoid unsafe situations like
going into unsupervised areas (hallways, bathrooms, classrooms) especially
when you know the bully is already in that area.
Ask for mediation so you can
confront the bully and tell him/her how their behavior makes you feel and
what you specifically want them to stop doing.
Most importantly, NEVER keep
bullying a secret.
Bystanders Can Stop
encourage a bully by laughing at his/her behavior
lookout for a bully while they are harming someone.
Don't join in because you feel you have to. By
joining in you're just being weak and spineless. If you don't do anything
about the bully, there's no guarantee it won't be you next.
that when you see someone being bullied it affects you even though it may
seem like it doesn't
have a responsibility to inform the school staff if someone is being
bullied. Today, they are the target but tomorrow it might be you!
someone up to be bullied.
and appropriate ways to confront your peers.
If it is safe
to do so, tell a bully to stop and suggest they speak with a school staff
member if they are angry or frustrated.
parents about any bullying problems at your school.
commitment to do what you can to keep your school safe.
Be a Good
bullying a secret!
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