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 18Get involved in positive activities. Sports, band, clubs, and other school activities can be safe havens from bullies. If you feel physically vulnerable, consider taking a self-defense class. Believe in yourself. Remind yourself of your strengths and talents, and replace negative thoughts with positive self-talk. Keep it in perspective. It is important to know that bullying is not permanent. These days will pass, and things will get better. Coping during difficult times I’m strong. I can handle this. You don’t have control over another’s actions, but you do have a choice as to how you respond. If you are dealing with a bully, try doing the following: Walk away. Calmly walk away and ignore the bully. Don’t show fear. Fear, anger, and other reactions give bullies what they’re looking for. Speak up and speak out. Remind yourself that no one has the right to bully you. Remain calm, and speak in a confident, respectful voice. Be assertive, and tell the bully to stop. Use humor. Smile, and say something humorous to show that you’re not upset. Keep a record. Write down the people involved, dates, times, places, and what was said, done, sent, or posted online. You will then have a record if you decide to talk to a school official or law enforcement. Tell someone. Bullies try to isolate those they’re bullying. Do not let that happen. Tell someone! Leave me alone. Mom, I need to talk to you about something. That’s a good one. 9