“When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sand paper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless.” – Chris Colfer
When you are the victim of bullying the one thing you want is for it to stop. Immediately. You don’t care about why you’re being targeted or why the bully may be lashing out; all you care about is that it ends.
Tell a trusted adult
Don’t worry about being called a “tattletale” or any other names. An adult can talk to the bully, to their parents, or to a teacher. This has the highest success rate of ending bullying and if you don’t feel comfortable talking face to face you can use other ways of communicating like writing a letter or sending a text about what’s happening.
Walk in Groups
It’s true what they say – that there is power in numbers. So, ask your friends to walk with you. When your friends aren’t around walk with an adult or a sibling.
Do not show you are upset.
Don’t get angry, don’t cry, and don’t show that you are bothered by their actions. This is one of the hardest things you can do as bullying often has a powerful impact but they trying to ignore them can prevent them from tormenting you further.
If you are being cyberbullied try to prevent communication by blocking email address, cell phone numbers, and deleting them from social media.
Start an anti-bullying program
If you are being bullied there’s a good chance that other students are too – or are at least experiencing similar issues. Recruit your friends, teachers, and other students to participate, and decide what you want to accomplish with the program. Do you want to change how schools punish bullies? Do you want to create support networks for victims? Once you’ve decided on your goal decide how you’re going to reach it and recruit others to help.
Have you ever had issues with bullying? How did you deal with it? Let us know in the comments below.