Bullying: What can students do?
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bullying survival tips

Ignore the bully and walk away - This is not a coward's response; sometimes it is harder than losing your temper.

Hold your anger - Don't show that you are upset; that is exactly what a bully wants to see.

Don't get physical - You don't want to give in to your anger and you can never be sure what a bully will do in response.

Practice confidence - Practice ways to respond to a bully verbally.  Practice feeling good about yourself; you are in control.

Take charge of your life - You can't control other people's actions, but you can stay true to yourself.  Think of yourself at your best - at your strongest - so other kids will give up teasing.  If they can't rattle you, they will eventually give up.

Talk about it - It may help to talk to a guidance counselor, teacher or friend - anyone who can give you the support that you need.

Find your true friends - Find one or two true friends and confide how the gossip has hurt your feelings.  Tell your friends quietly and confidently what is true and what is not.  Your friends will see it for what it is - petty, rude and immature.

 http://www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/kids/being_bullied/index.html