Bullying - Topic Overview
How do children who are bullied act?
are bullied are often quiet and shy. They may have few friends and find it hard
to stand up for themselves. They may begin to think that they deserve the
What can children do if they are bullied?
are often scared and angry when they are bullied. They may not know what to do.
Teach them to:
- Talk back. Say, "Leave me alone," or "You
don't scare me." Have your child practice saying this in a calm, strong
- Walk away. Don't run, even if you are afraid.
Tell an adult. A parent or teacher can then take steps to stop the
What can you do to stop bullying?
Bullying can be
stopped if people pay attention and take action.
often occurs in school, and it is most common in schools where students are not
well supervised. If bullying is happening at your child's school, talk to the
principal or vice principal. Urge the school to adopt a no-bullying policy. All
children should know that those who bully will be disciplined. Children who are
bullied should be supported and protected.
As a parent, you can
help your child get involved in new hobbies or groups, such as school clubs or
church youth groups. Being part of a group can help reduce bullying. Having
friends can help a child have a better self-image.
Kids can help
keep other kids from being bullied. If you are a kid, don't let yourself be
part of the problem.
- Speak up when you see someone else being
picked on. It can help to say something like, "Cut it out. That's not funny."
If this is too hard or scary to do, walk away and tell an adult.
If someone sends you a mean email about another person, don't forward it to
others. Print it out and show it to an adult.