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How To Stand Up To a Bully By Howcast

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How To Stand Up To a Bully By Howcast

Postby Mutita » Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:56 pm

It's scary, but you can learn how to stand up to a bully -- and come out on top.

To complete this How-To you will need:

An adult you can confide in (optional)

Step 1: Be assertive

Phrases like "cut it out," "back off," or a firm "stop!" can catch the bully off guard. Remember, bullies tend to pick on those who don't stand up for themselves.

Step 2: Have a funny comeback

Respond to a bully's taunts with a funny comeback. For example, if someone makes fun of your clothes, say, "I didn't ask for your opinion, but thanks for caring," or "I don't dress to impress you, so don't worry about it."

Tip: When using humor to respond to a bully's taunts, keep it light -- being mean or using curse words will only make matters worse.

Step 3: Don't get violent

Don't get physical, even if the bully deserves to be hit. Violence will only make things worse — and may even get you in trouble.

Tip: The perfect time to stand up to a bully is when there are people around who can take your side.

Step 4: Tell an adult

If the bullying gets to be more than you can handle, speak to an adult about it—try a parent, teacher, or security guard. You have the right to feel safe.

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