This checklist provides suggestions for what kids can do when bullying occurs – written for students being bullied, students who witness bullying and the bullies themselves.
If you are being bullied…
Tell an adult. Sometimes you may have to tell more than one trusted adult.
Ask your friends to help you. There is safety in numbers.
Practice what to say the next time you’re bullied with your parents, teachers or friends.
Be Cool in the Moment
Stay calm and confident. Don’t show the bully that you’re sad or mad.
Ignore the bully and walk away.
Remember: Fighting back can make bullying worse but sometimes we have to stand up for ourselves.
Change the School Community
Work with others to stop bully behavior; your whole school will benefit.
Remember: A lot of kids have to cope with bullying. You are not alone. No one deserves to be bullied.
If you witness bullying…
Stand next to, or speak up for, the person being bullied.
Ask the bully to stop.
Comfort the person being bullied and offer friendship.
Walk away and get help.
Find an adult who can intervene.
If you are the bully…
Make a Commitment to Change
Talk to an adult, like a teacher or parent, about how to get along with others.
Ask a friend to help you stop your bully behavior.
Apologize to the kids you have bullied.
Focus on Empathy and Responsibility
Think about what it feels like to be bullied — would you want to be treated that way?
Before you speak, think about whether your words will help or hurt another student.
Change Your Behavior
Resist peer pressure to bully.
If you start to bully, walk away and find something else to do.
Many times it is the way a child carries themselves around other children that determines how likely they will become bullied. Children who are confident, outspoken, strong body language, tonality in their voice, and good eye contact are much more less to be bullied. Martial Arts for children is proven to develop the confidence needed to carry themselves in a manner that typical bullies do not view them as an easy target.
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