Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Are You a Bully?

Sometimes you don’t realize when you are being a bully yourself. Here are some ways you can see if you are a bully.
.Do you like to tease others?
 · Make others feel uncomfortable.
· Hurt others by kicking, hitting, pushing, tripping, etc.
· Name-calling.
· Spreading nasty rumors.

  These are all things that bullies do. So next time you think about doing one of these things to someone think.  Do you really want to be a bully?

Are You Being Bullied?

There are things you can do if you are being bullied:
  • Look at the kid bullying you and tell him or her to stop in a calm, clear voice. You can also try to laugh it off. This works best if joking is easy for you. It could catch the kid bullying you off guard.
  • If speaking up seems too hard or not safe, walk away and stay away. Don’t fight back. Find an adult to stop the bullying on the spot.
There are things you can do to stay safe in the future, too.
  • Talk to an adult you trust. Don’t keep your feelings inside. Telling someone can help you feel less alone. They can help you make a plan to stop the bullying.
  • Stay away from places where bullying happens.
  • Stay near adults and other kids. Most bullying happens when adults aren’t around.

Seven ways to prevent bullying

Don't be a bully! Don't bully the weak. You are weak too. There are people weaker than you in your grade or below it, but you mustn't pick on them, as it will make you a bully. 

Ignore remarks from potential bullies. If you get commented on about your appearance, personality, or another aspect of you by someone you don't know very well, just ignore them. Being ignored defeats the purpose of being a bully. 

Be confident. You may be bullied for giving off an air of weakness and of self-confidence lack. Walking around with your head held high and smiling will help.

Calmly agree with their comment. For example, if you are told that you have bad acne, ask if they have some suggestion of improvement for this problem. The bully won't be expecting a response like this. 

Avoid areas where potential bullies like to hang out. Diverting from places where bullies hang around can help prevent bullying. 

Support those being bullied. Standing up for people who are bullied will make you more likeable by those you help, and can deter bullies; if they bully you, then they will get into trouble. 

Never strike back. Giving physical or verbal abuse back is exactly what a bully wants, a reaction. Not reacting in the same manner as they bully you is the complete opposite of what they expect. 

I hope these help. Here is a site that has more on preventing too:http://www.stopbullying.gov/prevention/index.html

('Seven steps' come from: http://www.wikihow.com/Prevent-Being-Bullied) 

Top five ways people get bullied

Well, there are many ways people get bullied, but here are a few I found out of some quick research: 
1. Teasing. 
2. Talking about hurting someone. 
3. Spreading rumors. 
4. Leaving kids out on purpose. 
5. Attacking someone by hitting them or yelling at them.

Also, bullying does not always happen in person. Cyberbullying is a real thing where kids through email, Facebook, texting, Minecraft, and pretty much any other website are getting bullied by mean kids, and even adults.

( http://www.stopbullying.gov/kids/facts/index.html)  

Monday, January 27, 2014

Things to say to a bully

If your being bullied, or you know someone who is being bullied, use these words to stand up for you, and your friends. Try, "I can't believe you just said that." "Wow, you must be having a bad day." "That doesn't even make sense." "Nice." "Well, good thing this is a free country." "Really?" and even try, "This is bullying. Are you sure you want to keep doing it?"

Also, here is a site that has more things on bullying and words that can help you stand up for yourself:http://www.bullystoppers.com/101_great_comeback_lines.html

(October/September 2013 issue of American Girl Magazine.) 

Griefing: A form of bullying

Griefing is bullying in Minecraft. It is when someone steals from, or destroys your property. This happened to us. We worked hard on our house, and made it as nice as we could. Then, someone came and started setting everything on fire! We got help, but there was nothing we could do. The house burned up. From this example, you can tell that griefing is very mean. If this has already happened to you, probably the best thing to do is to tell the supervisor of the server, or ignore the player. Watch and wait. Another option is to watch your house, wait for the griefer, and either see their username, or take a screenshot of them griefing you. Alert others. Post in the chat to warn others users of the danger. Prevent griefing before it happens. We all hate being griefed, it sucks right? So why not work on preventing it? Don't leave anything important out in the open. If you say leave a chest full of important stuff out in the open, the more like someone is to steal all of it, and to destroy your home.
Be prepared.
 Above all though, know that from time to time someone is going to grief you, so have a secret backup supply stash ready, and move on. Make sure this secret stash is 1000's of blocks away from spawn and use a x-ray proof design. It should get you back on your feet especially if there are no admins, mods, or owners around.