How to Stay Safe
What can students do if they are bullied?:
- Tell an adult (at home and at school)
- Be assertive, NOT aggressive:
- Assertive means looking the person in the eye and telling them clearly and confidently, “Stop It!”
- Aggressive means getting physical with the person. This is the wrong way to handle a bullying situation.
- Give a neutral verbal response to de-escalate the situation (e.g., Say to the perpetrator, “So” or “Whatever”).
- Communicate desires in a firm, calm voice (e.g., “Go away and stop bothering me!”).
- Always know when to walk away! Your safety is the most important thing!
To ensure your safety:
- Travel with others; avoid walking alone
- Beware of signs that suggest the bullying is becoming violent (e.g., Pay attention to body language, take notice when the bullying behavior becomes physical and more aggressive, etc.)
- Immediately get adult assistance if the bully has a weapon
- Know your surroundings – Always know where to go for help.
- Never be embarrassed to ask for help!