Experiencing Bullying

Bullying affects everyone. Whether you’re the target, the bystander, or even the kid who picks on others, there’s something you can do to put an end to bullying.

Witnessing Bullying?

“It’s none of my business—I should just ignore it and walk away—right?”

Wrong!

Put yourself in the target’s place. If you were being pushed around, laughed at, gossiped about, made fun of, ignored on purpose, you’d probably want someone to help you out.

And it doesn’t even take that much to make a difference. The very least you could do is to NOT join in. Your non-support of someone bullying sends a clear message that you don’t agree with what’s happening. If you see someone being laughed at, instead of turning your back, help the target to turn his or her back to the bullying by walking to class with him or her, telling them that they don’t deserve what’s happening to them. Show your support. Kids who are bullied often feel like no one cares—help them feel like they’re not alone.

What else can you do?

If you read cyberbullying, write something nice on the target’s wall or let the person bullying know it’s not cool to make fun of people online, or you can even report in anonymously and many service providers will remove the post.

But if it’s a fight you witness, don’t try to step in the middle. Instead, tell an adult or other authority figure what’s going on so that they can intervene.

You can always let your teachers and parents know so they can help out—bullying is not just about physical fights, words have the power to injure too, both online in and person. Teachers are there to help you out, not just give you homework, and parents care about what happens to you.

What can make an even bigger difference?

Get your friends to help out, too! This is an issue that affects a lot of people and most of them want it to stop too, so get together and start a bullying prevention program at school.


Videos

These four student-created videos will help you understand what bullying can look like and what you can do to help prevent it.

Videos

Cyber Bullying

As technology has progressed, so has the ability to bully. What used to be a behavior at school or in the neighborhood has now extended into the world of cell phones and on-line. Learn what you can do.

Cyber Bullying

Language Is Important

How we perceive other people is affected by how we describe their qualities, characteristics, and differences. Learn how changing your language can change your perception.

Language Is Important

Reasons Teens Don’t Tell

It can be tough to tell someone – especially an adult – that you are being bullied. Sometimes it helps to understand how it can make a difference.

Reasons Teens Don't Tell

Advice Gone Wrong

Some well-intentioned advice may not be helpful. These teens talk about why some reactions haven’t worked for them.

Advice Gone Wrong

Pop Quiz

Show what you have learned about understanding and preventing bullying. Take the quiz and check your response.

Pop Quiz

Share Your Opinion

It’s important to know that you can do something about bullying. It’s also helpful to know what other teens have found to be effective. This poll gives you the opportunity to share your perspective.

Share Your Opinion