Be Unlimited is taking a major stand against bullying.  Our 3 On Bullying feature will appear on the last Friday of every month.  Here, you’ll learn facts to keep you informed, skills to help you handle bullying situations, and much more.

ONE:  Spreading rumors, leaving people out of activities on purpose, breaking up friendships, and isolating others are all forms of social bullying that can cause serious and lasting harm.

TWO:  When someone witnesses bullying, they give the bully positive attention.  A witness to bullying (also known as a bystander) often feels helpless and fearful that he or she will be the next target.  Some times a witness will join in with the bully for these reasons.

THREE:  Nearly two-hundred thousand students miss school every day in the U.S. out of fear of attack or intimidation by their bullies.  Of those students, many eventually leave school and never return.

Bullying is a serious issue that affects the lives of many people.  If you or someone you know is dealing with a bullying situation, tell an adult you trust.  Reach out to a family member, school principal, teacher or guidance counselor.  Do not see yourself as being weak for seeking help.  Speaking up is a sign of strength.

You can also call any one of the helplines listed below.  Speaking to someone over the telephone is easier for some people to do.  Trained professionals are waiting to help you with advice and emotional support.

There’s help at the end of the line when you call the Boys Town National Hotlinewhich is not just for boys, by the way. Whether you’re a child, teen or parent, they can help. 1-800-448-3000.  The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.  If you are feeling alone, confused or in crisis, please call The Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-4-U-TREVOR for immediate help.  2NDFLOOR is a confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey’s youth.  If you need to talk about an issue or problem that you are facing, call 2NDFLOOR at 1-888-222-2228.

Be Unlimited is taking a major stand against bullying.  We hope you are ready to stand with us. 

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