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Leave Me Alone: Bullying

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No one wins if someone is bullied.
If you are being bullied, tell an adult that you trust.

Things you can do on your own

  • Keep telling yourself that you are a good person
  • Learn to be proud of your and other people's differences
  • Spend quality time with people that make you feel good
  • Help yourself by helping others
  • Keep a journal to record your thoughts or feelings
  • Draw a picture to illustrate your thoughts or feelings
  • Write a song or create a play to share with other kids
  • Start a buddy program to help protect yourself and others
  • Encourage teachers to ask for assemblies or workshops on bullying.

How to handle the situation

  • Ignore the bully. Try to walk past him/her. Go straight to an adult.
  • Don't show that you're upset. Don't give the bully the satisfaction.
  • If you do respond, do it firmly and evenly.
  • Try to spin a bully's comment into a joke.
  • Remember the bully has a problem, not you.
  • Pretend the bully's comments are just floating away and popping like bubbles.

If that does not work

  • Talk to people you trust: parents, adult family members, and friends
  • Talk to school officials like a teacher or counselor that you trust
  • Talk to someone you trust at your church, or synagogue
  • Be direct and clear about your concerns so that you are taken seriously
  • Bring family or a friend with you as a witness of a possible encounter

Bullying Resources

Handouts:

Teaching Aids:

Suggested Books:

  • How to Handle Bullies, Teasers and Other Meanies: A Book That Takes the Nuisance Out of Name Calling and Other Nonsense, by Kate Cohen-Posey
  • Stick Up for Yourself: Every Kid's Guide to Personal Power & Positive Self-Esteem, by Gersgen Kaufman, Lev Raphael, Pamela Espeland
  • Why Is Everyone Always Picking On Me, by Kate Cohen-Posey
  • http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/friends/bullies/print_books.html

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