How to Talk to the Bully

Enlist their help. I don’t mean get their help bullying other teachers or your administration! I mean, ask them to help in the situation at hand. Most students have heard the talk about bullying that says there are 3 groups in a bullying situation; the bully, the victim and the bystanders. The bystanders are people who can help change the situation by taking the victim to another location or getting help. Ask the bully to become a bystander. Ask them to help the victim to go to another location or to get help if someone is bullying the victim. This can help change the bully’s focus from their bullying behaviour to helpful behaviour. Of course, this may not always work, but it is one strategy to try.

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