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The 5 F's For Teens Fighting Back Against Bullying_____________
Five Techniques for How To Handle Bullying
by John Nottingham, founder Arizona Bullying Prevention Initiative -The Phoenix BullyProof Project | USAMartial Arts Phoenix
Here are some fundamental skills and strategies for the initial stages of handling bullying or aggressively rude behavior. How you handle the little things can sometimes go a long way in derailing future abuse and bullying targeting.
Verbal Judo Comeback Line: "Whoah, stop. If a teacher hears you talking like that you'll be in a lot of trouble and I don't want to see that. So let's just be friends and chill." (Adapt to age appropriate vernacular and language you are comfortable with.)
STOP BULLYING TIP: Remember: it's not just what you say, it's how you say it so body language, tone and delivery are critical to making it work. Stand tall, square shoulders, maintain direct eye contact, raise chin slightly and end with a smile. Speak with a calm, confident tone as if you are a compassionate, powerful leader.Be a friend and speak up for others as well. Win more friends and they might also speak up for you when needed. The person with the most friends usually wins. Seek common ground and learn to respect differences and others right to his or her own opinion.
If you can learn to forgive people and have empathy for them, it can go a long way in helping you think more clearly about your responses and the kind of person you want to be. By not reacting emotionally to a situation, you can plan and even practice your responses to handle things better. By starving the person of a reaction, you can very often stop ongoing bullying behavior.
Forget about revenge because that usually makes things worse. Instead be so busy working on improving yourself that you don't have time to worry about the other stuff as much.
Sometimes middle school aged children and even grade school children can learn how to use some of these tools with the guidance of a caring counselor, parent, coach or mentor. However, these concepts take a bit more maturity to grasp and implement so it depends on the individual and his or her development.
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