When you are a reporter for the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, the BBC and The Huffington Post and find yourself excluded from a White House Press conference this past Friday, you need help with bullying when it happens again. So I looked online to find some advice:
Act with Awareness, Calm, Respect, and Confidence
Projecting a positive, assertive attitude means holding your head high, keeping your back straight, walking briskly, looking around, and having a peaceful face and body. Staying aware also helps you to notice so that you can deal with it sooner rather than later.
Leave in a positive powerful way
Leave in an assertive way, saying something neutral in a normal tone of voice like “See you later!” or “Have a nice day!”
Set Boundaries About Disrespectful or Unsafe Behavior
Your values are to have a welcoming and safe environment for everyone – and that being cruel or hurtful is wrong whether it happens in person, via social media, by texting, online or in any other way.
Use Your Voice
Leave and go to an adult to report what happened and get help as soon as possible.
Protect Your Feelings from Name-Calling and Hurtful Behavior
The reality is that, no matter how committed we are to safety and respect, not all places have the same commitment – and even when they do, people will still make mistakes. . . . saying, writing, emailing, or texting in ways that are hurtful to anyone makes problems bigger, not better.
Speak Up for Positive Inclusion
Being left out for reasons that have nothing to do with behavior is a major form of bullying
Be Persistent in Getting Help From Busy Adults
Learning how to have polite firm words, body language and tone of voice even under pressure and to not give up when asking for help is a life-long skill.
Use Physical Self-Defense as a Last Resort
Help for the kid in us all: Excerpted verbatim from https://www.kidpower.org