Sarah Storey: 5 tips for dealing with bullying

Sarah's top tips:

1) "Try and avoid the situation if you can"
This might be tricky, but try and stay out of the way of bullies. Don’t stop doing things you want to do, but my advice would be to avoid places where you know the bullies will be.

2) "Don’t get drawn into horrible arguments"
I know it can be really tempting to argue with the bullies but, trust me, it’s not worth it. Be the better person and remember: if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

3) "Be careful online"
If the bullying is happening online (cyber-bullying), I think it’s a good idea to limit the amount of time you spend on there. If you’re using social media sites, choose your friends wisely so the only people who can talk to you are the ones you actually want to hear from!

4) "Surround yourself with people who you enjoy being with"
I know from experience that bullies can make you feel like the whole world is against you, so it’s important to surround yourself with people who make you feel good. There are lots of people out there who will like you for who you are, and that’s the most important thing, so spend time with them!

5) "And finally, remember..." 
However bad it feels right now, the bullies won’t last forever. You will find light at the end of the tunnel – I did!

Bullying is never acceptable and you don’t have to put up with it. If you feel that you’re being bullied you should talk to a friend, a family member, or a teacher about the problem.

Here are some useful links about dealing with bullying and staying safe online:
Anti-Bullying Week 
Avoiding cyber-bullying
Stay safe online

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