7 Tips for Dealing with Bullies, No Matter Your Age

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7 Tips for Dealing with Bullies, No Matter Your Age

Bullying isn’t just something that kids deal with on the playground anymore; it happens on social media, in the workplace, and in everyday life. It can be difficult to know how to handle bullying in both your personal and business life but dealing with bullies has become an essential skill that anyone can benefit from learning. If you’re dealing with bullying at work or elsewhere, here are seven strategies that have proven successful time and again.

1) Don’t Give Them What They Want


Cyberbullying is a type of harassment that happens online or through text messages. It can be just as hurtful as face-to-face bullying, and sometimes even more so because it can be done anonymously. One of the most important things to remember when dealing with bullies is not to give them what they want. That might mean ignoring them, which can be hard, but it’s important to remember that they are looking for a reaction.

2) Tell on Yourself

  1. The first step to dealing with a bully is to tell someone about the harassment. This can be a parent, teacher, guidance counselor, or even the police.
  2. Keep evidence of the bullying. This can be screenshots of cyberbullying messages or texts, or written documentation if it is happening in person.
  3. Create a support system of people who will stand up for you and help you through this tough time.
  4. Be assertive and confident when dealing with bullies. Show them that you are not going to take their crap anymore!
  5. Ignore the bully as much as possible. They are looking for a reaction from you, so don’t give them satisfaction.

3) Have Self-Confidence


It can be hard to feel confident when you’re constantly being harassed or made fun of, but it’s important to remember that the bully is usually picking on you because they feel insecure themselves. Try to stand tall, make eye contact, and speak confidently. This will throw the bully off and make them less likely to target you in the future.


Don’t stoop to their level (five sentences): It can be tempting to fight back when someone is bullying you, but this will only make the situation worse. Not only will you get in trouble, but the bully will see that they can get a rise out of you and continue their behavior.
Cyberbullying is a newer form of bullying that has surfaced as technology advances. The best way to deal with cyberbullying is to have strong passwords and not click links from people you don’t know. To avoid bullies entirely, unfriend anyone who says hurtful things about you on social media pages like Facebook or Twitter.

4) Avoid the Bully


You can’t control whether someone will bully you, but you can control how you respond. The best way to deal with a bully is to avoid them altogether. If you can’t avoid them, try to ignore their taunts and put-downs. Don’t give them the satisfaction of seeing you react. It’s better to walk away from the situation than to confront the bully. It may take time, but eventually they’ll get bored if they don’t see any reaction from you and move on to find somebody else who’ll entertain them.

5) Surround Yourself with Good People


One of the best things you can do to protect yourself from bullies is to surround yourself with good people. Good people will have your back and help you stand up to bullies. They’ll also make you feel good about yourself, which is important when dealing with bullies. Sometimes it’s not always possible to avoid them altogether, but you’ll at least be less affected by their negativity if you know that there are many other good people in your life.

6) Get Involved in New Things


A great way to avoid bullies is to get involved in new activities. This will help you meet new people and make new friends. You’ll also be less likely to be targeted by bullies if you’re not alone. If you can’t find anything to do that’s close by, look online for clubs or organizations near your home or work. Set Boundaries: If the bullying doesn’t stop after an initial confrontation, then try setting some boundaries. Don’t let the bully boss you around or take what’s yours without consequences. And don’t allow yourself to become isolated or to feel like you are going crazy because of the bully–talk about what’s happening with a trusted adult.

7) Seek Outside Help


If you’re being bullied at work, tell your HR department or a trusted supervisor. If your child is being bullied at school, talk to their teacher or the principal. Sometimes, an outside perspective can help you see the situation more clearly and find a solution. Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up: There’s no shame in standing up for yourself when someone is bullying you. Sometimes people don’t want to speak up because they are afraid of looking like they are overreacting, but if someone calls you out on something that isn’t true about you, it’s important to stand up for yourself. For example, if someone says You have a big nose, it may not be worth arguing about whether that person has an accurate perception of reality – but it is worth telling them that what they said was hurtful and uncalled-for.–MM

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