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1.  What is bullying?

  • Bullying is when one person or a group of people keep saying or doing nasty things to have power and control over you.
  • When one person or a group of people repeatedly call you names, hit or kick you, say mean things, leave you out of activities, take or wreck your stuff, threaten you or your family or force you to do things you don’t want to do.
  • When someone uses computers, cell phones or other technology to send cruel and hurtful messages or pictures.

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2.  What should you do if you are being bullied?                                    

  • Stand tall and straight, look the bully in the eye and say  “NO.”
  • Try to get away and tell an adult or walk toward a group of people.
  • Try and show the bully that he or she has not upset you.  Then tell an adult immediately.
  • If you can’t get away, yell at the top of your lungs to attract attention.

It’s important to remember that you haven’t done anything wrong and nobody has the right to make your life unhappy.  Don’t let them!   If you know you’re about to be bullied, walk toward a group of people.  Bullies are encouraged if they see that you look scared or alone.  Don’t be ashamed to tell an adult you trust.  When people know, they can help you. 

 

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3.  What is a bystander?

  • A bystander is a person who watches the bullying and may even feel uncomfortable, yet does nothing to help the victim.
  • A bystander can also be someone who ignores what’s happening, and/or encourages the bully by cheering or laughing at the victim.

Listen Up!

You may think that as long as you’re not the one bullying, you’re not hurting anyone, but that’s not true.  A bystander is the bully’s audience and bullies love an audience.  It makes them feel stronger and more important.  As a bystander, you have the power to tell an adult.  If that adult doesn’t do anything to stop the bullying, find another person who will.   As a group, you could tell the bully that what he or she is doing is wrong and you will not stand by and watch.  Remember, telling an adult is not tattling. Bystanders usually feel uncomfortable watching someone being bullied.  They know it’s wrong and would never want to be in the victim's shoes.