Section 8

MOST helpful strategies:

  • Told an adult at home
  • Told a friend
  • Made a joke about it
  • Told an adult at school
  • Reminded myself that it was not my fault

LEAST helpful strategies:

  • Hit or fought back
  • Made a plan to get back at them
  • Told the person to stop
  • Did nothing (ignored it)
  • Told them how I felt

These results suggest that strategies that involve accessing support from others are much more helpful to bullied students than other common strategies. In addition, most bullied children do not benefit from being told to ignore the bullying or make assertive statements. This research underscores the importance of training adults and bystanders to respond effectively to students’ reports of bullying.