Sometimes people who are bullied can feel alone, sad, and depressed. They think there is nothing to do and no one to talk to about bullying. But people who are bullied do not need to feel helpless or alone. Here are some ways people who are bullied can help take control of the situation.

  • Stay cool and calm. Take a deep breath, say “cool and calm” to yourself five times, and take another deep breath.
  • Stay safe. Ask yourself: Is it safe for me to speak out to the bully? If it does not feel safe, immediately ask an adult for help.
  • Stand tall. Look the person who is bullying you in the eye and say, “Stop saying those things about me. You’re being unfair, and that’s bullying. I want you to stop.” Never fight back physically. (Remember, you want to get out of the bad situation, not make it worse.)
  1. Remember. Bullying is wrong. It is not your fault.
  2. Talk things over with a friend, parent, teacher or someone you trust.
  3. A person who is bullied has the right to ask for help. If a teacher or counselor you talk to does not help, move on to someone else who will. Whatever you do, don’t give up!
  4. Avoid being alone in places where you might get bullied. If you can, walk with a friend.
  5. Keep a diary or a journal to describe what happened and how you feel. It will help you explain it to others.
  6. Try to meet new people. Being with other people is a great way to discourage bullying.
  7. Join clubs or other activities that help you have fun and meet new people
  8. Practice ways to talk to the bully.
  9. Never use violence to deal with being bullied.

Remember, you have the right to feel safe at school. If you are being bullied and you don’t know what to do, you have the right to ask for help today!