Dealing with bullies is never easy. When most people think of bullying, they think of playground antics, but bullies can target people of all ages and from all walks of life. There are bullies in schools, in the workplace, and even in local neighbourhoods. Adults usually have the social skills and confidence to ignore or tackle bullies, but children are still developing and may not understand why someone is being nasty to them when they have not done anything to hurt them.

Tell Someone

Bullying is a serious matter, and it is important to make sure that people know that they should not have to put up with being bullied. If you are being bullied it is important that you tell someone so that you can get the help you need. You may need to be persistent and explain exactly what the bully is doing and how it makes you feel, so that it is clear that the problem is not just playful teasing.

Be Confident

It is not easy to be confident when someone is saying nasty things to you, but in many cases simply telling a bully that what they are doing is not OK is enough to make them back down. A person who acts in a confident and assertive manner is a less appealing target to bullies than someone who is quiet and timid. However, it is important to understand that it is not the victim’s fault that they are being bullied. Some people have quiet personalities and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Spend Time With Friends

It is a good idea to try to avoid your bully as much as possible. If your bully is in the same class as you, or works on the same team, then you may not be able to avoid them constantly, but you should still do what you can to avoid being alone with the bully. Stay away from them in the break room or playground, don’t add the bully on social media, and try to spend as much time as possible in public places or with friends so that the bully does not get you alone.

Most bullies have short attention spans, and if you do not let them get the response they desire then they will change their ways or move on to someone else. Don’t let bullies destroy your confidence. If you see someone else being bullied, try to help them so that they know they do have friends.