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Things Cyber Bullies Might Say to Their Victims:
I don’t like you, because you are fat.
I was never really your friend.
I think you are stupid.
You don’t know how to do anything cool.
You are not cool enough to hang out with us.
No one in this entire class likes you.
You are such a slut.
We never even liked you.
You are ugly.
You have a funny looking nose.
You have a big [insert body part(s)].
You talk funny.
You have small [insert body part(s)].
Your the weirdest person in the whole school.
You have to do exactly what we say, or you're kicked out of our group.
Victims Might Be Thinking:
Everyone hates me.
I am not as cool as the other kids.
Everyone is picking on me.
I feel helpless, hopeless and out of options.
I don't feel safe.
If I fight back, I might get in trouble for defending myself.
I hate getting teased about stuff that I can't control.
I feel sad, anxious and unable to focus on my school work.
If I looked like everyone else (features or race), people might treat me differently.
I am afraid of being physically attacked.
I am afraid that clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry will be taken from me.
I feel sick all of the time
I don't have much of an appetite any more.
I am having difficulty sleeping and, when I do fall asleep, I have frequent nightmares.
I don't feel like doing my homework, so my grades are declining.
I don't want to go to school.
My self esteem is low.
I feel like running away from home.
I feel like hurting myself or comitting suicide.
Words That Might Be Encouraging:
I'm here to support you.
I think you're amazing.
If you feel uncomfortable with a person's comments or actions, tell someone!
How can we deal with this together?
Keep a journal of your experiences.
It is better to let a trusted adult know you are being bullied, than to let the problem continue.
Everyone deserves and to be treated with respect.
You don't deserve that treatment.
I am happy to talk to whomever I need to speak with to make this go away.
Tell the security team. They must respond to your report. I will go to school to make sure they take action.
Talk to someone you trust.
Words That Might Be Discouraging:
You should fight back.
Don’t be so sensitive.
Tattling will only make things worse.
Just ignore the kids that are bullying you; they will eventually stop.
This is all just part of growing up.
Just avoid those bullies.
There is nothing you can do, but fight fire with fire.
You’re weak, and you’re too scared to step up and deal with this mess on your own.
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