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Are You a Bully?

Bullying is a big problem.  It can make you feel lonely, sad, angry, and hurt.  Being bullied isn’t fair and bullies can hurt you in many ways.

There are 3 types of bullies:

1) The ones who threaten you and make you afraid. 2) The ones who tease you and make you feel ashamed and embarrassed. 3) The ones who hit you and force you to either fight them or run.

When we stand by and watch kids bullying others it says a lot about us. Maybe you are worried about being teased for being a tattler if you tell a grown-up about it. You may be thinking that others will find out if the grown-up doesn’t keep it a secret.  But even if the adult doesn’t keep it a secret, it’s still better to tell someone.

Sometimes we are afraid to get involved because, if we do step up, we may become the target or get hurt. Sometimes we just look away and pretend not to see it so the bully won’t see us.

You should ask yourself why you are afraid and why you look away and ignore bullying when you see it.

Writing this article has made me think that we all have been bullied or have been a bully because we help the bullies when we don’t do anything.  So, I think this is something we can all work on in 2012.

Here are some tips:

  1. Parents should have a conversation with their kids about bullying;

  2. Teach your kids to stand up and not stand by when they see that someone is being bullied;

  3. Be aware of what your child is doing on the internet because of  cyber bullying;

  4. Kids should always tell their parents, teachers, coaches and friends if they are experiencing bullying.

Senator (not real name) is a ten year old boy who has experienced homelessness firsthand.

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