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Hi! My name is Aidan Caffrey. I am 8 years old and a 3rd grader at Salem Elementary School. Believe it or not, I’ve been dealing with bullies for almost four years now! That’s what I’m going to talk about today. I am going to give you tips for how to overcome bullying. I learned some of these things the past few years and I feel a lot better now. Let’s get started!

1) Talk to a Teacher: Do you have a guidance counselor? If you are being bullied, they are the best person to talk to! A guidance counselor may help you in a way you never thought of. For example, in first grade, a classmate was bothering me non-stop and I finally met with my counselor, who gave me great advice and had a meeting with the two of us. Now that same bully is actually my friend. Also, if you don’t want to talk to your counselor, you can talk to a teacher as well. Sometimes, teachers act just like counselors.

2) The Shield and The Sponge: A sponge soaks up water. In the case of bullies, if you act like a sponge, you let rude comments get inside you. Instead, you have to be more like a shield. A shield blocks mean comments. Try to be like the superhero I came up with, Captain Comment-Blocker! He wears a metal suit that blocks a bully’s mean comments. You can pretend you are Captain Comment-Blocker by letting the bully’s words bounce off you.

3) Come Back with Comedy: Have you ever heard of a comedian? If you haven’t, it’s somebody that makes jokes and puns. If you’re getting bullied, you can be a “comedian” by talking back in a nice way. What I mean is you can respond to what the bully said in a funny way, or what I like to call a “pun-back.” For instance, when somebody calls me small, I respond with, “Well, nobody’s ever used a shrink gun on me!” Comedy is a funny way of helping you stand up for yourself.

4) Stand up to Grown Ups: Sometimes even adults, like teachers or babysitters, can be mean. A lot of people I know are too afraid to stand up to adults just because they are in charge of kids. But kids shouldn’t be afraid to stand up to adults as long as it’s in a respectful way. For example, if you’re drawing a picture in class and your teacher comes over and says “Wow, that’s really good” in a sarcastic way, you should respond with confidence and say, “Actually, I think my artwork is very good, thank you.” If this happens, don’t worry. Just stand up for yourself like I did.

5) Courage Crazy: Do you remember the lion from The Wizard of Oz? He wants courage, but he’s too scared of everything. If you are being bullied but you are too afraid to stand up for yourself, you don’t need a wizard to be courageous. Don’t listen to the bully. Stand up for yourself. One time, a bully said, “Move out of my way, small guy!” Instead of being a coward, I said, “Newsflash! I’m not a small guy,” and I wasn’t scared. Bravery is inside you.

So if you’re being bullied, try out my tips. I can almost guarantee they will help. It’s all up to you. Good luck!

Aidan

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