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Juvenile Violence: What Kids Should Know About Bullying

November 06, 2012
Group owner Richard Martine

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Juvenile Violence: What Kids Should Know About Bullying

By: Richard Martine   Post Date : November 06, 2012
Bullying is not an acceptable behavior. You don't deserve to be bullied and you don't have to "learn to live with it." Bullying is not about the victim; they didn't do anything to cause it. If you are the victim of a bully, whether it is physical or verbal abuse, here are some strategies for dealing with it:

* Learn how to use self-talk. Bullies thrive on controlling their victim's reactions. By telling yourself positive things in the bully's presence, you can take control of your emotions. Some examples are: "Even though he's calling me names, I know they aren't true" or "He's got bigger problems than me if he has to spend his time trying to make me feel bad."

* Use strong, assertive body language. Act like the bully isn't bothering you. Make eye contact and keep your hands steady. But don't taunt or insult them back.

* Practice ignoring. Ignoring a bully is the best way to get control. You will be taking away the reaction that the bully thrives on. At first the bullying may get worse, but this means you are getting to them.

* It is okay to ask for help. If it gets too bad or goes on too long, you need to tell an adult - for example, a teacher, school counselor, or your parent. They can set limits with the bully and impose consequences. Ask a teacher or other school official to watch what happens so they will have evidence. Get your parents to talk to the school. They should ask what the school's bullying or harassment policy is, and follow those procedures for dealing with it.

* Don't feel that you are responsible for solving the problem on your own if your attempts are not working. It's often a good idea to try to solve the problem on your own first, but if that doesn't work, it's time for you to bring in others.

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