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How to handle bullying?

During The  Bullying

How to handle bullying?

  • Walk Away from the Bully: When it is possible, take yourself away from the situation immediately.
  • Keep Calm: Try to keep your emotions in the balance. If you show fear, distress or anger, it may encourage the aggressor. Bullies like to know that they can control your emotions, and like to elicit angry reactions or physical retaliation from you. If you ignore them and walk away, or tell them calmly or assertively that you are not intimidated by what they have to say, you are indicating that they do not have any control over you.
  • Ask them to Stop: If you feel it is safe to tell, ask the offending person in a calm way to “Stop” the bullying. In some situations, clever responses or humour may help to diffuse the tension, if you are confident about doing so.
  • Do not Fight: Try not to fight back with the bully, this may lead to an escalation of the situation and repetition of the bullying cycle.
  • Protect yourself: If you are getting physically attacked and cannot walk away, take measures to protect yourself. Your safety is of prime importance.

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  • NSW Government. Bullying Definition. Accessed at http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/studentsupport/bullying/definition/ on 5 October 2016.
  • Anti-Defamation League. 10 Ways to Respond to Bullying. Accessed at http://www.adl.org/assets/pdf/education-outreach/10-Ways-to-Respond-to-Bullying.pdf on 6 Oct 2016
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Effects of Bullying. Accessed at https://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/effects/ on 7 Oct 2016
  • Helpguide.org. Dealing with Bullying Helping Bullied Kids and Teens. Accessed at http://www.helpguide.org/articles/abuse/dealing-with-bullying.htm on 6 Oct 2016

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