TIP 1: BE KIND TO THE PERSON BEING BULLIED. A PARENT'S PERSPECTIVE
JULIE HERTZOG: I think when someone's being bullied, what I always tell my kids is that, they probably feel pretty alone. They feel like nobody cares. Because, imagine that you're in a bullying situation, and that someone has just shoved you down, and everybody in the hallway is just walking by you, ignoring you. Why don't you be that person that lets them know what they're not alone, there is somebody that cares. I think a lot about how kids will watch a bullying situation. And you can see the pain in their eyes but they don't know what to do because it takes a lot of courage to step in and intervene when there's a lot of peers watching. But a really safe thing that you can do is afterwards approach that person. And you can do it when nobody else is around, and just say to them, "Hey, I saw what happened. You didn't deserve that." Because if nobody is saying anything, that's when things start to spiral down. And kids start to feel alone, and they start to isolate themselves and become depressed and lead into other behaviors. And imagine being able to help shape somebody's life in a really positive direction. What power there is in that.