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How can I avoid being bullied?

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Stay away from bullies. Don't play with kids who make you feel scared or uncomfortable. Stay away from places where you think you might meet a bully. Play in areas of the playground or your neighborhood where you feel safe and where there are adults nearby.

Stick with friends. Bullies often don't pick on people if they are with others. Stay with friends whenever you think you might run into a bully. Play in places where there are adults nearby.

Act brave. Sometimes a bully may leave you alone if you act brave and confident -- even if you don't feel that way! Still the BEST ways to avoid being bullied are to stay away from places where you might meet a bully, stick with friends, and play in places where there are adults nearby.

By Dr. Dawn Taylor

Exploration

Do you like to play with puppets? Your puppet friends can help you explore ways to deal with bullies. What would your puppet friends do in each of these situations??

Your puppet gets on a school bus and sees several children in the back row who have teased him before. What can your puppet do?

Your puppet is on the playground and someone starts teasing her about her hair. What can your puppet do?

Your puppet hears someone calling a friend names. What can your puppet do?

Think of other bullying situations for your puppet friends to act out.