1. Bullying is just teasing.
False. While many bullies tease, others use violence, intimidation,
and other hostile tactics. Sometimes teasing can be fun; bullying always
2. Some people deserve to be
False. No one ever deserves to be bullied. No one "asks for
it." Most bullies tease people who are "different" in some
way. Being different is not a reason to be bullied.
3. Only boys are bullies.
False. Most bullies are boys,
but girls can also be bullies.
4. People who complain about bullies
False. People who complain
about bullies are standing up for their right not to be bullied. They're
more grown-up than bullies are.
5. Bullying is a normal part of
False. If you think bullying is
normal, you're less likely to say or do anything about it. Getting teased,
picked on, pushed around, threatened, harassed, insulted, hurt, or abused
is not normal.
6. Bullies will go away if you
True & False. Some bullies
may go away. But others will get angry and keep bullying until they get a
7. All bullies have low self-esteem.
That's why they pick on other people.
False. Some bullies have high
self-esteem. They feel good about themselves, and picking on other people
makes them feel even better. Most of the time, bullying isn't about high
or low self-esteem. It's about having power over other people.
8. It's tattling to tell an adult
when you're being bullied.
False. It's smart to tell an
adult who can help you do something about bullying. It's also smart to
tell an adult if you see someone else being bullied.
9. The best way to deal with a bully
is by fighting or trying to get even.
False. If you fight with a
bully, someone might get hurt. Plus, you might get into trouble for
fighting. If you try to get even, you're acting the same way as the bully.
And the bully might come after you again to get even with you. Either way
only makes things worse.
10. People who are bullied might
hurt for a while, but they'll get over it.
True & False. It really
depends on the person and how severe or prolonged the bullying is. But
bullying can hurt for a long time. Many adults can remember all too well
when they were bullied as children.