Bullying: Tips for Students
If you are bullied: Reach Out
• Tell an adult. Sometimes you may have to tell more than one trusted adult.
• Ask your friends to help you. There is safety in numbers.
• Practice what to say the next time you're bullied with your parents, teachers, or friends.
• Be cool in the moment. Stay calm and confident.
Don't show the bully that you're sad or mad.
• Ignore the bully and walk away.
• Remember: Fighting back can make bullying worse.
If you witness bullying...Interrupt It
• Stand next to, or speak up, for the person being bullied.
• Ask the bully to stop.
• Comfort the person being bullied and offer friendship.
• Walk away and get help.
• Find an adult to intervene.
If you are the bully...
• Make a Commitment to Change
• Talk to an adult, like a teacher or parent, about how to get along with others.
• Ask a friend to help you stop your bully behavior.
• Apologize to the kids you have bullied.
Focus on Empathy
• Think about what it feels like to be bullied--would you want to be treated that way?
• Before you speak, think about whether your words will help or hurt another student.
Change your behavior
• Resist peer pressure to bully.
• If you start to bully, walk away and find something else to do.
• Remember: You don't have to like everyone around you, but you have to treat everyone with respect.