TIPS IF YOU ARE BULLIED:
- Calmly tell the bully to stop, or say nothing and walk away.
- Be assertive, not aggressive! Becoming a bully yourself will not make the situation better.
- Try to not show anger or fear.
- Bullies like to see that they can intimidate you.
- If the bullying continues, keep a record of the incidents to show a parent or a teacher.
- Tell your parents, or any other adults you trust. If you decide to tell someone from your school, like a teacher or a counselor, remember that telling is not tattling.
- Remember that you are not to blame for being bullied. The bully is solely responsible for his or her actions.
- Don't isolate yourself from your friends. They can give you support during this difficult time.
TIPS IF YOU ARE CYBERBULLIED:
- Never respond to an e-mail or IM from a cyberbully. It is always better to walk away from the computer.
- Save the IM's or e-mails, then print and show them to an adult you trust, like a parent or school counselor.
- Don't be afraid to talk to someone about this. The sooner you tell a parent or counselor, the sooner you can get back to using your computer without feeling uncomfortable or afraid.
- If it continues or if any physical threats are made, report it immediately on the website.
THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT WHAT YOU SAY OR WRITE ONLINE.
WHAT IF YOU SEE SOMEONE BEING BULLIED:
- Support someone who is being bullied. Let that person know that it is not his or her fault, and that it upsets you too.
- If the victim decides to talk to an adult about what happened, offer to go along with him or her.
- Know the difference between being assertive and being aggressive. You don't need to resort to bullying to stand up for someone else.
- NEVER laugh at anyone being bullied. If you see other bystanders laughing or joining in, speak up in defense of the victim.