“It’s one thing to have a less-than-pleasant run-in with your local mean girl, but being bullied on a consistent basis is another thing all together. And if that bullying extends to Facebook, Twitter, or even your cell phone, you can feel like there’s no relief.” – Meg Haston
5. Speak up and out. Unfortunately, the saying “Ignore it and it will go away” isn’t always true. If you’re being bullied, use your voice. Speak up and speak out—-because bullying is never okay. Find a teacher or a parent you trust, and tell them exactly what’s going on. If you need to, you can keep a log of specific examples of the bullying to prove what’s been happening to you. As much as we’d like to believe that we can stop things like bullying on our own, that isn’t usually the case. If the situation has gotten so bad that you’re feeling helpless or suicidal, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
4. Protect yourself online. Block that mean girl or guy from accessing your Facebook or Twitter accounts. Dealing with in-person drama is hard enough, and you shouldn’t have to deal with cyber bullying, too. Of course, this won’t stop the people bothering you from posting on their own walls or Twitter feeds. If you can, print copies of any instances of cyber bullying. You can use it as proof when you’re talking to a teacher or school administrator.
3. Never fight bullying with more bullying. I know you guys know this—but dealing with bullying by picking on someone else is never okay. It might make you feel a little more in control in the short term, but it will never fix things long term.
2. Find support. The best way to protect ourselves from bullies is to build up a strong support system—to surround ourselves with people who love and care about us, and who will tell us every day how much we’re worth. This could be family members, teachers, priests or rabbis, teammates, literally anyone who is a healthy, positive person in our lives. Find these special people in your life, tell them what’s going on, and lean on them for support.
1. Take care of yourself. It’s important to let others do good things for us, but it’s also important to take care of ourselves. Treat yourself to a book or movie you love, or even a little mini-shopping spree. It won’t fix the bullying, but it will make you feel like the superstar you are and give you a minute or an hour of escape—and we can all use a little break now and then.