Bullying is never fun. If you're being bullied, you need to know that it's not your fault. You may think that there's nothing you can do to stop it. That's not true. If you're being bullied, you need to get help. There are things you can do to help stop the bullying. Here are four steps you can take to get help and stop the bullying.
Talk to Someone You Trust
If you haven't told someone about the bullying, you need to do that now. People can't help you if they don't know there's a problem. Find someone you trust and tell them everything that's happening to you. Talk to your parents, a trusted teacher, or even a good friend. Don't let shame, embarrassment or fear keep you from getting the help you need.
Speak Out If You Can
If someone is bullying you, speak out about it. Tell the person who is bullying you that you want them to stop. Be sure to speak in a calm voice but speak loudly enough so that others nearby can hear what you're saying. If you don't feel safe speaking out to the person who's bullying you, walk away as soon as you can. Be sure to go and get help.
Keep an Adult Nearby
Bullies are less likely to approach you if you have an adult nearby. If you're being bullied at school, be sure to know where an adult is at all times. Whether you're in the lunchroom, on the playgrounds, or sitting in the commons, stay near an adult whenever possible. Make sure the adults know that you're being bullied so that they can keep an eye on your throughout the day.
If you see others getting bullied, get involved. Be an example of how to treat others. If you stand up to help someone who's being bullied, others will see how you're acting and may start helping too. Another way to get involved is to talk to your principal or guidance counselor about educational activities that could be used to help prevent bullying. Some kids bully because they don't how to behave any other way. School bullying programs, such as from The Bully Corporation, can help teach kids the proper way to treat others.
If you're being bullied, get help. Don't let others make you feel bad. Use the tips provided here to get the help you need. Be sure to let your parents know that you're being bullied. They can help you.