19 Dealing with anger We all get angry sometimes. Some people, however, seem to get angry a lot. Sometimes people get so angry they think they’re going to explode. If you ever get so angry that you don’t know what to do, try doing one of the following: u Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and slowly count to 10. u Do something physical to get rid of the negative energy. Take a walk, shoot baskets, kick a ball, or lift weights. u Talk to a friend, parent, or counselor. u If you’re angry about something being posted on social media, don’t respond right away. Take a step back, and remember that anything you post is public. Dealing with bullies In middle school, you’ll probably run into some students who act like jerks. You may also see a few students who are more than jerks. They are bullies. The best way to deal with a bully is to stay away from that person. A bully is looking for a reaction, so if you’re ever the target of a bully, ignore him/her and just walk away. If you’re having a problem with a bully in school or online, let your friends know what’s going on and ask for their support. Also tell a parent, coun- selor, or teacher. If a bully is causing you problems, chances are he/she is also causing problems for other students. When you tell someone what’s happening, you’re not only taking action to protect yourself, you’re mak- ing your school a better, safer place for everyone. Bullies want power and they like to have an audience. Since bullies are influenced by how other people react, students need to let bullies know thattheirbehavioris“notcool.” Bystandersarethekeytostoppingbullies! “This guy in my class used to give me a hard time. I finally just told him to stop it. After that he left me alone.” Antonio “If you’re having a problem with a bully, make sure that you let someone know about it.” Brooke