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BUFFALO, NY-- If you, or someone you know is being bullied, there is help out there.

Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional.

Stop Bullying Now is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help students and parents. There are several tips on how to intervene and react on the spot to bullying.

If you are being bullied....

-Reach Out: Tell an adult. Sometimes you may have to tell more than one trusted adult. Ask your friends to help you.

-Be Cool in the Moment: Stay calm and confident. Don't show the bully that you're sad or mad. Ignore the bully and walk away. Fighting back can make bullying worse.

-Change the School Community: Work with others to stop bully behavior.

If you witness bullying...

-Interrupt It: Stand next to, or speak up for, the person being bullied.
Ask the bully to stop. Comfort the person being bullied and offer friendship.

-Get Help: Walk away and get help.

If you are the bully...

-Make a Commitment to Change: Talk to an adult, like a teacher or parent, about how to get along with others. Ask a friend to help you stop your bully behavior. Apologize to the kids you have bullied.

-Focus on Empathy and Responsibility: Think about what it feels like to be bullied -- would you want to be treated that way?

-Change Your Behavior: Resist peer pressure to bully.
If you start to bully, walk away and find something else to do.
Remember: You don't have to like everyone around you, but you have to treat everyone with respect.

According to the CDC, youth violence refers to harmful behaviors that may start early and continue into young adulthood.

Other resources:

Stop Bullying: stopbullying.gov

Cyberbullying Research Center: http://cyberbullying.us/

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