Let's Stop Bullying - Tips for Youth
Tips for Youth on Dealing with Bullying
- Remember that being bullied is not your fault, and thereís nothing wrong with you - no one deserves to be bullied!
- Bullying isnít just physical violence - threatening someone, laughing at them, taunting them, starting nasty rumours about them or not letting them hang out with you or your friends is all bullying.
- Call the Kids Help Line 1-800-668-6868 for support - itís free and confidential.
- Donít bully the bully. Using insults or fighting back will make the problem worse.
- Use humour - say something funny to take the sting out of teasing; try not to take it personally, get upset or show hurt feelings.
- If the bullying is making you afraid or very upset, have a teacher or an adult help you with a safety plan. You may have to change your route home, or avoid being where the bully is, until the problem is solved. Donít think of it as acting scared - think of it as acting smart!
- Refuse to go along with bullying - bystanders who laugh, agree or cheer only encourage the bullyís bad behavior. Instead, take the victimís side; if you feel safe doing so, tell the bully to stop. Report what you see or hear to an adult.
- Ask your school to form an anti-bullying committee with representation from teachers, parents and students.
- Treat people the way you want to be treated.
Remember, you have the right to be treated with respect and feel safe!