How can you stand up to bullying?
A way to stand up to bullying would be to speak to an adult. Sometimes, as strong as you may be, your words won’t change a bully. The best thing to do is speak to an adult you trust, whether it is your parent, teacher, or school guidance counselor. They can help you take care of the issue. Also, if bullying is a general problem at your school, talk to your teacher about starting a program or “club” against bullying. You can put flyers around the school, and even pair up students to be “buddies”. If students get to know each other, they will understand their friends and won’t be mean to them.
Tamar, age 12, FL
Even if you aren’t getting bullied, don’t let it happen in your classroom! If you see a girl in your class getting bullied, even if she isn’t your friend, make sure to tell a reliable adult. She really needs your help and may be too scared to ask for it. Also, if the bully sees that the whole class finds her behavior unacceptable, she may back off. Stand up for your friends and for yourself. And if you’re getting bullied, make sure to tell your parents right away!
Anonymous, age 14, MD
Ignore! If the bully doesn’t see a reaction more than once, she will pick someone else. Then, you’ll be BULLY FREE!
Leah, age 11, NY
I have actually been bullied recently, and at first it was very hard for me to stand up for myself, because I was afraid the girl who was bullying me was going to get mad at me and bully me even more. I waited and waited without telling anyone, and then finally the bullying got really, really bad. That’s when I had to tell my parents about it. My parents discussed the issue with my principal, and the girl got suspended. When she came back to school, she was a whole new girl and I’ve never had that problem again! Note to all girls out there getting bullied: stand up for yourself because if you don’t, who is going to help you?
Nechama, age 10, NJ
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