Leave Me Alone: Bullying
This video takes a look at something that unfortunately happens often: bullying. No one wins if someone is bullied. If you are being bullied, tell an adult that you trust.
Things you can do on your own:
- Keep telling yourself that you are a good person
- Learn to be proud of your and other people's differences
- Spend quality time with people that make you feel good
- Help yourself by helping others
- Keep a journal to record your thoughts or feelings
- Draw a picture to illustrate your thoughts or feelings
- Write a song or create a play to share with other kids
- Start a buddy program to help protect yourself and others
- Encourage teachers to ask for assemblies or workshops on bullying.
How to handle the situation:
- Ignore the bully. Try to walk past him/her. Go straight to an adult.
- Don't show that you're upset. Don't give the bully the satisfaction.
- If you do respond, do it firmly and evenly.
- Try to spin a bully's comment into a joke.
- Remember the bully has a problem, not you.
- Pretend the bully's comments are just floating away and popping like bubbles.
If that does not work:
- Talk to people you trust: parents, adult family members, and friends
- Talk to school officials like a teacher or counselor that you trust
- Talk to someone you trust at your church, or synagogue
- Be direct and clear about your concerns so that you are taken seriously
- Bring family or a friend with you as a witness of a possible encounter
- How to Handle Bullies, Teasers and Other Meanies: A Book That Takes the Nuisance Out of Name Calling and Other Nonsense, by Kate Cohen-Posey
- Stick Up for Yourself: Every Kid's Guide to Personal Power & Positive Self-Esteem, by Gersgen Kaufman, Lev Raphael, Pamela Espeland
- Why Is Everyone Always Picking On Me, by Kate Cohen-Posey