Updated: Nov 9, 2018
You’re walking in the hallway and hear someone getting picked on – they’re getting called names, and you know it’s mean, but at the same time, what can you do? You don’t know the people involved, and you don’t want to inject yourself.
Or rather, you don’t know how to stop what your witnessing. Here are some tips on how to prevent bullying and what to do when you’re confronted with it.
There is no reason to be mean to others. And if you feel the need to be mean – there are steps you can take, such as stepping away from the situation. Talking to an adult who can help you find a way to be nicer will help too. And if you feel like you bullied someone, or said something mean by mistake – say sorry. An apology can go a long way.
If You’re Bullied:
Tell the bully to stop in a calm but clear voice. But if you don’t feel safe talking or find it hard to speak – try walking away from the situation and finding an adult. Once in a safe place, be sure to talk about the problem with an adult you trust – telling someone will help you not feel so alone.
Stand Up For Others:
When you see someone getting bullied, there are steps you can take to make it stop. Talk to an adult, and then try being nice to the person being bullied. Sit next to them during lunch or on the bus. Make them feel as like they are not alone.