Many teens are bullied by their peers, classmates, teammates and siblings, and it’s important to understand that this is not acceptable behavior. If you are being picked on, consider these tips on triumphing over bullying.
Talking to a parent or adult about being bullying can be scary. Teens are often discouraged from “tattling,” but talking to someone will help you let go of the emotional pain you’re feeling and allow you think more clearly. Together, you and your parent, older sibling or teacher can come up with a plan to stop the bully in their tracks.
Don’t Give In
Bullies often find one quality about their victim to pick on. Whatever that quality is for you, don’t change, especially if it is essential to who you are. If you’re picked on for your creativity, sexuality or race, don’t hide it just because someone has a problem with it. Be proud of who you are and own it. The more confidence you have, the less “fun” it will be for the bully to pick on you.
Don’t Mindful of Your Communication
Be mindful of what you say, how you say things and your actions towards others. Think before you speak or send a text message—is there any way your message could be misinterpreted and get you in trouble with your friend or the receiver? A lot of teen bullying happens online, so be conscious of the pictures and messages you send and who you talk to online.
Stand Up for Others
If you see someone getting bullied, don’t just stand aside and watch. Chances are the person being bullied is too scared to say anything about the abuse, but you can do something about it. This could mean going to a teacher if you see a fight in a schoolyard or starting a school campaign to prevent cyberbullying. You can empower others to make a change and create a stronger, happier and healthier community together.