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Why should I let an adult know if I'm getting bullied?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

You may need to get adults involved to put an end to a problem that can have some damaging long-term effects. We know it can be hard to approach adults about bullying, because you may fear being ridiculed, but find your courage. You may prevent some other kid from being beaten, or even killed, by helping to raise school awareness that your school is not currently a safe place. Use the power of your voice to tell about what’s really going on. Also note that most bullying occurs when there’s no supervision, so the easiest form of prevention is to be with others (peers and otherwise) when you’re moving around. Recent attention has also focused on the bystander—another casualty of bullying, but one with the opportunity to make a huge impact. If you’re the bystander, intervene in a proactive way: Get help, tell a teacher, adult, or policeman. Call 911. Don’t just stand there, do something! Doing nothing allows the bully to take something from you, too—by leaving you powerless at the sidelines. Take back your power. Take a stand. And end bullying.

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