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How to Deal with Bullies

Unfortunately, almost everyone faces a bully now and then. But we’re going to teach you how to take their fun away.


  • Step 1: Avoid them Make it more difficult for bullies to bother you by avoiding them. Take a different route to and from school, and sit far away from them in the cafeteria.
  • Step 2: Find a friend Find a friend—preferably a BIG friend—and start hanging out with him. Two is always better than one.
  • Step 3: Ignore them The next time a bully taunts you, do your best to ignore him. Stand tall, but don’t engage him. Remember, bullies get their jollies out of seeing you get scared or mad; if you show no reaction, they’ll probably move on.
  • TIP: Do your absolute best not to fight back or try to get revenge. That’s just stooping to their level.
  • Step 4: Go for the biggest one If you get jumped by a group of bullies—and there’s no other way out—go for the biggest one. If you can take him out, the rest will run.
  • Step 5: Take up a sport Build up your confidence, not to mention your strength, by taking up a sport. At the very least, start working out.
  • Step 6: Tell an adult If the bully won’t stop, get an adult’s help. Speak to a teacher, parent, or other authority figure. You shouldn’t have to live in fear.
  • FACT: Almost one-third of kids in the United States are involved in bullying, either as a bully or a victim.

You Will Need

  • Self-control
  • A sport
  • An adult to speak with

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