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Hersante Smith celebrated her 11th birthday on
February 16. Best wishes go out to her from her mom,
Vanir Ramdhanie celebrated his sixth birthday on
Anjali Devi Poliah will celebrate her second birthday
on March 5. Special birthday greetings go out to her
from her parents, Mala and Dave Poliah.
Christian James will celebrate his third birthday on
March 5. His parents wish him the best!
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Bullying is a big problem. It can make you feel hurt, scared,
sick, lonely, embarrassed and sad. Bullies might hit, kick or
push to hurt people, or use words to call names, threaten,
tease or scare you. Some bullies try to make you do things you
don't want to do.
Bullying bothers everyone---and not just the people who are
getting picked on. Bullying can make school a place of fear and
can lead to more violence and more stress for everyone.
Why do bullies act that way?
Some bullies are looking for attention. They might think
bullying is a way to be popular or to get what they want. Most
bullies are trying to make themselves feel more important.
When they pick on someone else, it can make them feel big
Some bullies come from families where everyone is angry.
They may think that being angry, calling names, and pushing
people around is a normal way to act. Some bullies are copying
what they've seen someone else do. Some have been bullied
Bullying: how to handle it
So now you know that bullying is a big problem, what do you
do if someone is bullying you? Our advice falls into two
categories: preventing a run-in with the bully, and what to do if
you end up face-to-face with the bully.
As much as you can, avoid the
bully. You can't go into hiding or skip class, of course. But if you
can take a different route and avoid him or her, do so.
When you're scared of another
person, you're probably not feeling your bravest. But
sometimes just acting brave is enough to stop a bully.
Two is better than one if
you're trying to avoid being bullied. Make a plan to walk with a
friend or two on the way to school or recess or lunch or
wherever you think you might meet the bully. Offer to do the
same if a friend is having bully trouble. Get involved if you see
bullying going on in your school---tell an adult.
If you can, try your best to ignore the bully's
threats. Pretend you don't hear them and walk away quickly to
a place of safety. Bullies want a big reaction to their teasing
and meanness. Acting as if you don't notice and don't care is
like giving no reaction at all, and this just might stop a bully's
Pretend to feel really brave and
confident. Tell the bully, "No! Stop it!" in a loud voice. Then walk
away, or run if you have to.
Don't hit, kick, or push back to deal with
someone bullying you or your friends. Fighting back just
satisfies a bully and it's dangerous, too, because someone
could get hurt. It's best to stay with others, stay safe, and get
help from an adult.
If you are being bullied, it's very important to
tell an adult. Find someone you trust and go and tell them
what is happening to you. Teachers, principals, and parents can
all help to stop bullying. Sometimes bullies stop as soon as a
teacher finds out because they're afraid that they will be
punished by parents. This is not tattling on someone who has
done something small---bullying is wrong and it helps if
everyone who gets bullied or sees someone being bullied
What happens to bullies
In the end, most bullies wind up in trouble. If they keep
acting mean and hurtful, sooner or later they may have only a
few friends left---usually others who are just like them. The
power they wanted slips away fast. Other children move on
and leave bullies behind.
Bullies can change if they learn to use their power in positive
ways. In the end, whether bullies decide to change their ways
is up to them. Some bullies turn into great children. Some
bullies never learn. But no one needs to put up with a bully's
behaviour. If you or someone you know is bothered by a bully,
talk to someone you trust. Everyone has the right to feel safe,
and being bullied makes people feel unsafe. Tell someone
about it and keep telling until something is done.
Dealing with bullies
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