How to Stop Bullying

What is Bullying?
Some young people are bullied because they are different in some way. Perhaps, it is the color of their skin, the way they talk, their size, or their name. Well, as you might know, bullying is occurring all around you. Not only is bullying physical, but it is mental and verbal as well. Gossiping and teasing are types of bullying, but some people think it’s fun to talk about others.

Why do People Bully?
Some people bully because of what happens to them at home. It can be the effect of problems or abuse by an older family member. Some people think that bullying someone else gives them power. For example, when someone hangs around with a few friends, they might want to bully a different kid to be popular. Bullying does not make you look cool. In fact, you just seem like a mean person who wants attention.

Are You a Bully?
It’s important to think about what bullying really is, and whether you are participating in bullying or not. Are you laughing when someone gets called a name? Are you gossiping about someone in your class? Make sure you think about these questions the next time you hear or see something that is considered bullying.

How do You Deal with a Bully?
Bullying can lead to pain, stress, and worst of all depression. Watching someone get bullied is hard, but being bullied is harder! In one way or another, everyone has encountered bullying. Either you have been, or you know someone that has been bullied. Have you ever heard the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?” Well to me, it’s a lie. Words do hurt! Parents, teachers and adults can sometimes give advice or take care of the problem. My advice to you is: don’t let that bully have control over you! They are just trying to make you mad or upset, but don’t show them your emotions. It’s always a good idea to tell an adult, so tell someone; don’t keep it to yourself because if no one knows about the problem, nothing will get done to stop it.

Be True To Yourself!
Differences are a part of life, and it is fun to express our feelings and personality! The bad thing is when a bully comes along and judges our differences! It hurts, and that’s WRONG! Differences aren’t bad! We are who we are. None of us are the same! Imagine how boring it would be if we were all exactly the same. We can be ourselves. We can be different, crazy, girly or whatever! Being yourself is healthy. It will make you a happier and more positive person. It will make you happy if you are true to yourself. Make sure you make yourself happy before you make others happy, and respect others that may be different from you.

May 2011

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