Bullies seem to exist everywhere. A bully is anyone who seems to feel powerful when they hurt or pick on someone else. They do not need a reason, just a target, or victim.
If you are a target for a bully, here's what you can do:
- Avoid the bully and just stay away from him or her whenever possible.
- Walk, or run, away from the bully.
- Ask your friends to stick close. It is harder to pick on someone when they have friends standing up for them.
- Talk to an adult (parent, teacher, and counselor) and ask for help.
- Be assertive. Tell the bully to stop bothering you, that you do not like it, and will report the abuse if it continues.
If you see someone else being bullied, don't get in the way – you could be hurt.
- Find an adult to help right away.
- Encourage your friends not to take it and be assertive and tell the bully that his or her behavior is unacceptable.
If you are the one doing the bullying, stop! You do not have the right to make others feel bad, to threaten people, to tease people, or to cause other people harm.
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