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How to Respond (Intervention)

Can I stay safe?

  •  Can I leave the situation safely?
  •  Can I stay safely away from the person or people bullying me?

Can I take stand ?

  • Can I stay calm?
  • Can I keep a strong posture?
  • Can I use an assertive voice?

Can I build connections?

  • With Friends
  • With Peers
  • with Adults

If I do not feel safe working it out myself, who  can I tell?

  • Who is the safest adult I can talk to?
  • How will I tell them about situation that I am going through?
  • You should keep telling adults until the bullying stops.




Before you engage in bullying. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Why am I engaging in bullying?
  • How does it make me feel?
  • Do I feel powerful? If yes, can I find other ways to feel this way?
  • How might the other person feel?
  • What can I do differently to respect others rights?

Remember that bullying is a behaviour and behaviours can be changed. You can do it!

Celebrate your positive actions towards change. You deserve it!

Set a goal for yourself to engage in positive social interactions

Seek out help- you may need some extra support. Talk to a counsellor, social worker, teacher , coach, etc.

If you are involved in group bullying, try to step away from the situation or tell others to stop. Explain to them that you no longer want be involved. Let them know it is never okay to bully others.

Recognize that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect



Are you okay?

How can I help?

It’s not your fault?

I know it’s hard to tell.

I’m sorry this happened to you.

I’m glad you told me.

I’m here for you.


You can play powerful role in preventing or stopping bullying. There are many things you can do to make a difference:

If you feel safe to do so you can directly intervene in the bullying situation

You can support the person who is being bullied to ask for help, or report it.

You can discourage the bullying by redirecting the situation away from the bullying

Do not give bullying an audience

You can get support from peers

You can report it to a trusted adult

You can help your friend get help or report the incident to a trusted adult

You can help them identify adults they can trust

You can be a good role model and set the example

Be a friend to others in need

Make a difference