Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18Perhaps a friend of yours started teasing someone—and the teasing has now turned into bullying. It’s possible your friend doesn’t realize how big a problem his/her behavior has become. Talk to your friend about things that are bothering him/her. Often, bullies have issues that cause them to act out. Sometimes just talking things over is enough to stop someone from wanting to hurt others. Help your friend find other ways to resolve problems. Be creative and help your friend come up with positive ways to resolve problems and deal with difficult situations. Be a voice of reason. Encourage empathy. Encourage your friend to think about the effect his/her words and actions have on others. Is Your Friend a Bully? Friends are in the best position to help bullies change their thinking —and their behavior. Between classes, Jack knocks Nick into the lockers, causing him to drop his books and his notebooks. Several students laugh, and everyone else moves on, ignoring Nick as he gathers up his things. What If... someone says, “Hey, Jack, leave him alone,” and then three students stop to help Nick pick up his papers. What a difference these upstanders make! Nick feels supported, and Jack just looks like a bully. Imagine this... 7