A LITTLE ADVICE

 

STEP ONE

When someone hurts your feelings or makes you feel teeny tiny, it’s hard to ignore them and not fight back. But really, it’s the best way. Bullies feed off of the reactions they get, and when they’re ignored, it diminishes their power.

STEP TWO

Now for the the fun part – discussing the bullying event with mom and dad. Okay, okay, we know you probably won’t want to discuss this with your parents. But we have some good reasons we think you should.

The earlier you tell them, the quicker it will stop

They only have your best interest at heart

They have more wisdom than you think

They will know what to do, or know who to talk with

You will feel better after discussing it with them

STEP THREE

Develop a plan so you know what to do when you are bullied. Do this with your parents so your plan is based on sound advice. Here are some ideas for starters:

In a strong voice, tell the bully, "Stop it!"

Tell them that if they continue, the next person they'll be

talking with will be the principal or your parents.

Turn and simply walk away. Say something short like,

"I don't have time for this."

When possible, travel with your friends.

Say something grown-up like, "Everybody knows that people

who make fun of others have low self-steem."

STEP FOUR

If the bullying has not stopped, it’s time to take things more seriously. Tell your parents that it hasn’t stopped and that an intervention is needed. This might mean contacting the school for a more serious discussion on the problem.

YOU CAN HELP STOP BULLYING

 

SMALL WAYS TO HELP OTHER VICTIMS

You probably think you don't have any power, but you do. Here are things you can do to help stop bullying:

Be an upstander - stand up for people being bullied

Report any incidents to a teacher, principal, or parent

Tell your friends you will not participate in bullying

Don't make fun of others

Seek out kids who are struggling to fit in and make them feel welcome

Be inclusive - try never to be exclusive

Always treat others with kindness, even bullies

All it takes is telling your story to one person. Telling your story will help heal the hurt and aid in ending the cycle of bullying.

Is someone you love acting differently? It’s better to ask if something is up than to assume everything is okay.

THE LAW SAYS

 

YOU HAVE LEGAL OPTIONS

Unfortunately, there may be some instances where you will need to see legal counsel for bullying. You should not feel ashamed nor should you hesitate when bullying goes to the extreme. State and local lawmakers are committed to prevent bullying and protect children.

Each state varies on the laws it employs to addresses bullying. Find out how your state refers to bullying in its laws and what they require on part of schools and districts. Bullying, cyberbullying, and related behaviors may be addressed in a single law or may be addressed in multiple laws.

Have your parents contact a lawyer in your area and they will be able to give you proper counsel on your rights. Please check out the resources provided below.

RESOURCES AND HELP

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO STOP BULLYING?

First things first: if there has been a crime or someone is at immediate risk of serious physical harm, call 911.

Bullying is serious stuff. If you or someone you know and love is being bullied, don't wait to act. There are various forms and degrees of bullying, so we're here to help you decide how to act.

Even if you feel like you've done everything you can to resolve the situation, you can always reach out for additional help.

PUBLIC RESOURCES

Bullying should never be ignored. Use the resources below to learn more about how and when to seek additional or professional help.

American Psychological Association International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment Society for Occupational Health Psychology Society for Human Resource Management CDC Podcasts: Bullying Prevention for Kids Teen Health and Wellness Understanding Bullying and Cyberbullying

HOTLINES

Help is only a phone call away. If you or anyone you know is experiencing a medical emergency, in immediate danger, or might harm themselves or others, pick up the phone.

CRISIS CALL CENTER

800-273-8255
or text "ANSWER" to 839863

twenty-four hours a day,
seven days a week

CrisisCallCenter.org/CrisisServices

CYBER TIPLINE

800-843-5678
or text "ANSWER" to 839863

twenty-four hours a day,
seven days a week

CyberTipline.com

THE TREVOR LIFELINE

(U.S. only)
866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386)

twenty-four hours a day,
seven days a week

TheTrevorProject.org

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE

800-273-TALK (8255)

twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

SuicidePreventionLifeline.org

 
 

NATIONAL HOPELINE
NETWORK

800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
800-442-HOPE (4673)

twenty-four hours a day,
seven days a week

Hopeline.com

 

SPEAK UP

866-SPEAK-UP (773-2587)

twenty-four hours a day,
seven days a week

cpyv.org

THURSDAY's CHILD
NATIONAL YOUTH
ADVOCACY HOTLINE

800-USA-KIDS (872-5437)

twenty-four hours a day,
seven days a week

ThursdaysChild.org

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