What do you do if you're being bullied or see someone being bullied?
Here are a few tips from StompOUTBullying.org, StopBullying.gov and Mamma Z, to help anyone out there who is a victim of bullying.
Be sure to Speak Up! If you feel safe AND confident enough to confront the bully yourself, be calm and don't bully them back. Ask them to stop and tell them they're not being cool. Sometimes laughing it off neutralizes the situation and takes the wind out of their sails.
Tell an adult you TRUST. Parents, teachers, coaches, school counselor are a great start but if you're having troubles on getting their help, keep looking for someone who will until the problem is resolved. Don't Give Up!
Avoid the bully's hangouts or where the bullying happens. If it's at school or somewhere you HAVE to be, then be around other friends or an adult.
Learn self defense to help build confidence. We will never condone violence but knowing you have the power to defend yourself is a great start to growing your confidence. We all know bullies are cowards! So when they SEE your confidence, they will more than likely back down.
Be a friend to someone who is bullied. Just showing you care means the world to them. Be understandable, supportive, and inclusive with activities. Be a light in someone's life!
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