These Bully free tips are not just for children and students they are for everyone. Bullies come in all ages, shapes and sizes. Bullies may be your classmate, boss, parent, relative or teacher. Bullies can be any age from very young children through elderly adults. Bullies are male or female, large or small, all races, cultures, creeds and beliefs. Bullies can be rich or poor and they can come from anywhere. Bullies are harmful and wrong!
Walk with coolness. Walk with your head held high. Bullies sometimes pick on people who they perceive as weak. You may be smaller or larger than the bully continue to walk with confidence. Walk with purpose, self-reliance and coolness. Through your walk let the bully know that they cannot pick on you!
Look people directly in the eye. When speaking with someone look them directly in the eye. Do not look down or look away, look directly in the person’s face. Bullies often perceive people who look away as weak and easy to intimidate. Don’t slouch down. Stand up straight, shoulders back and look the bully straight in the eye and let the bully know they cannot pick on you!
Stay calm. Don’t let the bully know that they made you feel bad. The bully might have said something to hurt your feelings. They might say something about a family member or something personal about you but don’t let them know you are upset. Do not cry. Shock the bully by looking him or her straight in the eye, stay an arms distance away and say something like, “So what.” or “Thanks for your opinion.” Then walk away with confidence and coolness!
Make friends. Be nice and helpful to other students. Stand up for others when they are in trouble. Make friends in school, outside of school and in your neighborhood. Have a wide variety of friends. Try not to be alone. Walk with your friends to and from school and anywhere you have to go. Develop skills and join activities in and outside of school. Join the choir, Boys and Girls Club, Boy or Girl Scouts, Police Athletic League, Interact Club, beauty pageants, dancing, library, sports teams including baseball, basketball, bowling, roller or ice skating, football, tennis, science club, history Club, museum classes, art or sewing classes, acting, technology, religious organizations, cooking, volunteer, travel, music, acting, reading, writing and many more. Meet so many people and make so many friends that you are never alone!
Talk to adults. Keep lines of communication open with your parents, counselors and teachers. Let them know what is going on with bullying. You may not be the only person the bullies are harassing. Do not keep it to yourself and suffer in silence. It may save a lot of grief for you and it may save a life. When you see something, say something!
To end bullying the entire community must come together and take action against bullying. Businesses, faith institutions, government, schools including higher education, and private citizens must get involved when they see bullying. In addition, they must provide activities and opportunities to prevent bullying. Everyone must speak out and speak up to end bullying.