Bullying is when someone keeps doing or saying things to have power over another person.
Some things bullies do are…
Saying or writing nasty things about them
Leaving them out of activities
Not talking to them
Making them feel uncomfortable or scared
Taking things away from them
Forcing them to do things
There lots of reasons people bully. Some people bully to get attention or to make them selves feel good about themselves.
Bullies only pick on people who are different. If you're different be proud because everyone is different. Some people are fat, skinny, short, tall, deaf, blind, slow, fast, or smart. Were all different; bullies just want to look cool and get attention. To handle bullying just: ignore it, tell a teacher or adult you trust, tell your parents. You can also hang out with your friends; bullies don't like to pick on people who are in groups.
Boys and girls handle situations differently. But they don't always do it right. So here are some ways you should act for boys & girls.
STOP and THINK, don't rush in.
Make a joke- sometimes humor is the best way to relieve tension.
Let it pass, ignore the situation.
Talk it out.
Create a scene; draw attention away from the bully. Yell, sing, or jump around, anything that will draw attention away from the bully.
Speak up! You have the right to be heard!
Have a positive attitude.
Don't follow peer pressure.
Choose friends carefully.
Be true to yourself. In the end, no one matters more than you do!
Bystanders (other kids watching) are present most of the time (85%) when there is a bullying episode in the playground or in the classroom. Most kids feel uncomfortable witnessing bullying, but very few intervene. When peers step-in, the bullying stops within 10 seconds (57% of the time).
How bystanders can help:
Recognize bullying- it's not just physical, it can be social and verbal as well. Telling someone they're “ugly” is considered bullying and can be just as hurtful as hitting them.
Walk away- standing around will only encourage the bully.
Speak up- tell the bully that they are wrong and that you won't be involved in any bullying
Help the victim- Put yourself in their shoes, would you want someone to help you if you were being picked on?
Hang out with friends
Stay within site of teachers and grownups when in school
Don't bring expensive stuff or lots of money to school
Have you ever bullied someone else? Think about why you did it and how you were feeling at the time. If you are sometimes a bully, try to find other ways to make you feel good. Most bullies are not liked, even if it starts out that way. Remember, it is best to treat others the way you would like to be treated.