2 Did you know?The word “bully” used to mean the total opposite of what it means now.Five hundred years ago, it meant friend, family member or sweetheart.The root of the word comes from the Dutch boel, meaning lover or brother.
3 Bullying can be... One person making fun of another. One person trying to beat up another.A group of people ganging up against others.
7 The three types with examples Physical BullyingVerbal BullyingRelationship BullyingHitting, Kicking, or Pushing someoneStealing, Hiding or ruining someone's thingsMaking someone do something he or she doesn't want to doName callingTeasingInsultingRefusing to talk to someoneSpreading lies and rumors about someoneMaking someone feel left out or rejected
9 All bullies have one thing in common: Something or someone is making them feel insecure.~Therefore they bully to make themselves feel better.They could have something going on in their family.They might not feel like they are getting enough attention from parents or teachers.They might have watched their parents or older siblings get their way by being angry and pushy.Maybe they are also bullied.They might be spoiled by their parents.
11 Possible reasons for being a Target. The bully or the target are either smaller or bigger than most kids their age.The target may be a minority.May have a disability.Maybe you have a name that is not ordinary.
12 Possible reasons for being a Target. If you get anxious or upset easily.If you usually are alone and don't have many friends.If you don't have a lot of confidence and don't stand up for yourself.
14 What to do “In the moment” Ignore them!Pretend you didn’t hear themDon’t even look at themDon’t CryDon’t get angryDon’t show them that you are upsetTalk about it to someone elseWrite it down so you don’t forget to tell someoneRespond to the Bully evenly and firmlyContinued
15 “In the moment” continued Turn the comment into a joke.Turn and walk away.Remove yourself from the situation.Go somewhere that an adult is present.Remember you are not the one with the problem. The bully is.Talk to an adult!
16 Ways to avoid future bullying Don’t bring expensive things or money to school.Label your belongings with permanent marker in case they get stolen.Avoid unsupervised areas.Sit near the bus driver on the bus or walk with a teacher to class.
17 More ways to avoid future bullying Act confident. Hold your head up, stand up strait, and make eye contact.Don’t walk alone, travel with at least one other person.Avoid places where bullying happens.
24 Ask yourself these questions. Does it make you feel better to hurt other people or take their things?Are you bigger and stronger than other people your age? Do you sometimes use your size and strength to get your way?
25 Have you been bullied by someone in the past and feel like you have to make up for doing the same thing to others?Do you avoid thinking about how other people might feel if you say or do hurtful things to them?
27 If you are a bully, here are some ways to stop. Apologize to people that you have bullied, and follow it up by being friendly.They might not trust you right away, but eventually they will see that you have changed.
28 More ways to stopIf you are having a hard time feeling good about yourself, explore ways to boost your self-esteem.If you feel like you’re having trouble controlling your feelings, especially anger, talk to a school counselor about it.