It’s important to speak up against bullying. Here’s why: Some groups report that today, 1 in every 7 kids gets bullied. But there is good news. When kids stand up to bullies, 90% of those bullies back down and STOP.*
That means that we have the power to stand up against bullying and make it stop. Now, want some tips?
Rosalind Wiseman has some great tips for you right here:
- Keep your good friends at your side whenever possible. This will help you feel confident.
- Do not walk away from a bully. That makes the bully feel more powerful.
- Speak up to the bully, with your own, strong words. Address what is wrong about what the bully is doing. This shows the bully that you are powerful. Try something like this: “I understand you don’t want to hang out with me. That’s ok. But it’s not ok how you make fun of me or roll your eyes at me. That needs to stop.”
- Don’t expect the bullying to stop right then and there. Don’t expect an apology. Don’t expect the bully to become your BFF. Something like this can work: “It’s ok that we don’t hang out. But we have to be able to get along and be civil to each other.”
- Each time the bully acts out, you speak out and tell the bully about what you want the bully to stop doing.
So what do you think, iTwixie girl? Give us a shout out about how you stand up to bullying and join iTwixie’s girls around the world who are standing up to bullying!
About Rosalind Wiseman’s Girl World Tour 2010
Parents & daughters (ages 8-14) are invited to join Rosalind Wiseman, an internationally-recognized author, mom and expert on teens & parenting for a fun-filled evening of parent-daughter bonding. In addition to celebrating Rosalind’s latest books, the tour will feature an interactive discussion about confidence, friendships and common parent-daughter challenges. A Q&A session and book signing will follow. The two-hour event is sure to get parents and daughters talking, laughing and connecting.
Parents will receive Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World and daughters will receive Rosalind’s debut young adult novel Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials.
*According to OWLEUS Anti-Bullying Training Documents