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How to respond to bullying

It comes in many forms. While some may think it is OK to tease, harass, or bully (like it’s some kind of “coming of age” thing), it’s actually not OK. Bullying is anytime someone harms/intimidates you – physically or verbally.


Communication is key the fact when it comes to how to respond to bullying. The best way to combat bullying is to tell someone. Find an adult or authority figure and let them know what’s going on. It’s important to do this early. Did you know that 15 percent of students said they avoided going to school because they don’t know how to respond to bullying? Even worse, 15 percent of students said they considered suicide because of the pressure associated with being bullied.

Sometimes YOU aren’t the one being bullied. Chances are, though, that you may know of someone who is. That’s why we recommend you TAKE ACTION by telling someone what’s happening.

Am I bully?

Sometimes students ARE the bullies, without even knowing it. Here’s a checklist to see if you are a bully:

  • Bullies have an overwhelming desire to control others.
  • They get satisfaction from dominating their victims. They like to be in control.
  • They feel like they have to win at everything and get jealous when other people succeed.
  • Bullies crave attention and will get it any way they can, and they don’t care about the consequences.
  • They make up false rumors and mean nicknames.
  • Some bullies threaten through hateful emails and text messages.
  • Bullies feel good when they make someone else feel bad.
  • Sometimes–if a kid gets abused at home or in their neighborhood–they’ll become a bully somewhere else–like school.
  • Sometimes people are bullies and don’t even know it.

Learn more about bullying here.

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