TIP 1: BE KIND TO THE PERSON BEING BULLIED. AN ADVOCATE'S PERSPECTIVE
DR. ELIZA BYARD: There are so many small ways that a child can let another child know that things are ok, that they're not completely alone. Once a student's been bullied... you know, if a child sees someone sitting alone, looking down... it can be something simple like "Hey, you want to come sit over here for lunch?" Or, "Hey why don't we walk down to the next class together?" Just walking with them and talking to them. Even not making too big a deal of it can be a part of it. Being friendly to someone who feels alone just draws them back out of themselves and brings them back into the group. You don't have to do something huge. You don't have to bring them flowers, you know. Being kind is... can be a very simple thing. It can be reaching out to someone even if you don't know them well. It can be sitting next to them at lunch if they're alone. You know, it doesn't have to be a huge gesture at a moment of crisis. It can be a day later. The effects of bullying can go on. So the actions that another student takes to reach out to somebody who's being isolated from the group can happen at any time.