The Bully See-Saw: Why Bullies Pick on Others

Have you ever noticed that bullies often seem to pick on kids who are kind and confident? It’s almost like they’re trying to play a game on a see-saw. By putting someone else down, they feel like they can elevate themselves.

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This might seem confusing, but bullies are often unhappy with themselves. They use bullying to feel better about themselves, even if it hurts someone else.

Here’s the important part: You are not the problem… Being kind and confident is a great thing. Bullies target these qualities because they’re threatened, not because there’s something wrong with you.

Here are some strategies kids can use to deal with bullies:

Stay Calm and Don’t React – Bullies often want a reaction. Taking a deep breath and staying calm can take away their power.

Use Body Language – Stand tall, make eye contact (if safe), and use a firm voice. This projects confidence and shows you won’t be intimidated.

Set Boundaries – Tell the bully to stop in a clear and firm voice. You can say, “Leave me alone” or “I don’t like you talking to me like that.”

Walk Away – If the bully continues, simply walk away and remove yourself from the situation. This shows you won’t engage in their negativity.

Find Safety – If you feel unsafe, go to a crowded area, find a trusted adult (teacher, parent), or report it to an authority figure.

Don’t Fight Back (Physically) – Fighting back can escalate the situation and make it worse. Focus on de-escalating and getting help.

Document the Bullying – If it’s safe, keep a record of the bullying (dates, times, what happened). This can be helpful if you need to report it.

Tell a Trusted Adult – Talk to a parent, teacher, counselor, or another adult you trust. They can help you develop a plan to stop the bullying and offer support.

Build a Support System – Surround yourself with positive friends who will stand up for you. Having a network of support can make you feel less alone.

Practice Confidence-Building Techniques – Techniques like positive affirmations, visualization, and relaxation exercises can help you feel more confident and empowered.

Focus on Your Strengths – Remind yourself of your strengths and positive qualities. Bullies often target insecurities, so focusing on the good in yourself can boost your self-esteem.

Remember, it’s never okay to be bullied. By using these strategies and seeking help from trusted adults, kids can take control of the situation and build resilience against bullies.

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