Tips for responding to meanness or bullying

by Naomi Drew

Note from Jane Bluestein: Ms. Drew recommends teaching kids the following strategies. I think this information would also be valuable for adults in a similar situation.

* Stand tall with your head held high, feet apart.

* Take slow deep breaths to keep your cool.

* Act as if you’re totally confident, even if you feel nervous.

* Keep your body language and facial expression strong but neutral.

* Make direct eye contact.

* Speak in a firm, steady tone of voice.

* Walk away tall and strong, silently repeating your calming statement.

Naomi Drew is recognized around the world for her work in conflict resolution, peacemaking, and anti-bullying. She is the award-winning author of seven widely-used books, including the critically acclaimed, No Kidding About Bullying. Visit her Web site at You can contact Ms. Drew at Copyright Naomi Drew, 2009. May be copied for classroom and group use only.

Related links:

Podcast: No Kidding About Bullying with Naomi Drew
Podcast: “Bully” is a Four-Letter Word with Jo Ann Freiberg

Bullying Checklist for Kids by Naomi Drew
“You Belong” poem by Naomi Drew
7 Steps for Bully-Proofing Kids by Naomi Drew

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