What is bullying?
* Spreading bad rumors, posting nasty pictures or retelling unkind stories that make others look bad
* Keeping certain people out of a “group” or conversation
* Teasing people in a mean way or putting them down
* Sending mean text, email, or messages
Here is some good advice for dealing with bullying:
1. Let an adult know what’s going on! If it ever happens on iTwixie, send a message to email@example.com right away so we can stop the bullying immediately. Remember: Communicate, communicate and communicate! This is the best time to use your talking skills. Please tell your parent, teacher, coach, babysitter or school counselor. Their job is to make you feel safe and comfortable, so they are great people to turn to.
2. Get your friends by your side! Bullies are less likely to approach you or be mean if you’re hanging out in a group of buddies. Strength in numbers!
3. Be on the lookout! Notice how people treat each other online and in person. If you feel like someone is bullying you online, never respond to them and do NOT delete the messages. Sometimes, that can just make matters worse. If seeing the messages makes you anxious, just save them to a file or print them to show an adult. Just be sure to tell a parent or any other adult you trust what’s happening, they can help you report online bullying to the moderators on the site so that it can be stopped.
Have you had tough experiences with bullying? You know, iTwixie is always here to help! Let us know about your situation, or ask us questions, by writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Or, click here for more tips and advice on how to help in these knotty situations.
Since bullies aren’t an easy thing to deal with, we’ll be posting some more advice next week. So, keep an eye out for more iTwixie tips on handling this Knotty Issue.