When someone hurts and bullies you it is natural to want to hurt the person back. However, that may cause more of a problem resulting in someone being seriously harmed. There are things you can do instead of hitting or hurting someone back that may be even more effective. You do have options. When someone tries to hurt or bully you try one of these alternatives.
- Find an adult and tell the adult what happened and how you feel.
- Use your voice. Tell the person to stop it and that you do not like what they are doing or saying.
- Try to treat everyone with kindness and respect. Know that you have control over yourself and that you do not have to hit or kick.
- Make friends with other children and walk to and from school with them.
- Run or walk away and tell someone.
- Parents must build up the self-confidence of the child by helping them feel good about themselves.
- Children must remind themselves that it is okay to not hit or hurt someone even if they hurt you. Be sure to tell someone
- Stamp your foot and tell the person to get away from you. Then go and tell.
- Stop and think what to do, do not do anything right away. Consider your options.
- Ignore teasing and taunting. Think happy thoughts. Count from 1 to 10 until you cool down.
No matter what you do if you are the victim of bullying or if you see someone else bullying, you must tell an adult. Tell your parents, teacher, counselor, school nurse or crossing guard or some other adult who will listen. Keep telling until an adult does something. Sometimes an adult does not know what to do so the child has to keep telling until someone does something.
Find something fun to do with friends. Eat lunch together, sing, dance, pray, play games. Meet someone new today, make a friend and have fun!