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Tips to Deal with Bullies

Tips to Deal with Bullies

Being bullied sucks, but don’t blame yourself if it’s happening to you.The good news is you’ve already started by doing the right thing to address bullying by looking up more information. There are many things you can do to fight bullying – many of which may not be obvious:

  • Stay calm. Don’t provide the reaction your bully is looking for.
  • Don’t fight back. Bullies are typically seeking attention and fighting back might make the situation worse.
  • Tell people you trust. Adults can help more than you think – if you don’t find a supportive adult at first, keep looking until you find someone that will listen and help you.
  • Never share personal information online. The more information you provide online, the easier it is for targets to find and attack you.
  • Don’t respond to cyberbullies, but don’t delete their messages either. In cases of online harassment they may be useful as evidence for the police and internet service providers.
  • Talk about the bullying to a friend, a teacher or someone else you trust. Ask for help.
  • Report the bully.  Don’t be afraid to tell an adult that someone is hurting you.
  • If you feel like you’re stuck and don’t have anyone to turn to, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868. Kids Help Phone is a free, anonymous, and confidential phone and web counselling service. 

    For more information on dealing with bullies, download our Youth Tips Brochure