No one deserves to be bullied. Both kids and parents want schools and neighborhoods to be happy, safe places, and we can work together to help stop bullying.
Standing up to bullying is easier than you think. Here’s how:
Be kind to others.
Think about others before you speak or act. Try not to say or do something that’s hurtful.
A trusted adult can help you find ways to understand, show concern for, and be kinder to others.
Learn what makes the people in your classroom, school, and neighborhood unique or special. Everyone is different, but no person is better than someone else.
Playing a game, sharing a toy or book, and sitting together to talk are ways to make friends. Being mean does not make you more important or popular.
It’s okay to apologize if you’ve bullied someone in the past. You’ll both feel better when you do.
Stand Up for Yourself
Use your voice. You have the power to stand up to bullying, here’s how:
In a calm, clear voice, tell the kid bullying you to stop.
Ask the kids watching the bullying to help or go find an adult.
Walk away and stay away. Don’t fight back because fighting tends to make things worse.
Talk to a trusted teacher, counselor, parent, or other adult. You’ll feel less alone, and an adult can help you make a plan to stop the bullying.
Avoid going alone to places where bullying happens. Stay near adults and other kids. Most bullying happens when adults aren’t around.
Protect Yourself from Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying is a type of bullying that happens through social media, text messages, or emails. Use these tips to protect yourself online:
Always think about what you post. Do not share, like, or forward anything that could hurt or embarrass someone.
Protect your passwords. Even friends could give your password away or use it in ways you don’t want.
Who sees you online? Friends? Strangers? Privacy settings let you control who sees your posts. You can block people who are mean to you or people you don’t know.
Show your parents what you’re doing online and who you’re doing it with, and discuss it with them. Let your parents or guardian “friend” you or follow you online. Share all your accounts and passwords with them. Listen to their rules. They care about you and want you to be safe.
Get a message that makes you sad? See a post that scares you? Talk to an adult you trust right away. Report cyberbullying.