International STAND UP to Bullying Day takes place on February 23, 2024. This day is a special semi-annual event in which participants sign and wear a pink shirt to take a visible, public stance against bullying.

What can a person do if they are being bullied or cyberbullied?

• Look at the person bullying you and in a calm, clear voice, tell them to stop.
• If speaking up seems too hard or not safe, walk away and get help.
• Tell a friend or seek out a parent, teacher, or counselor.
• If you are being cyberbullied,
• don’t engage at all upon receiving messages – don’t respond and don’t forward the message to others • block the number on your cell phone
• unfriend the person on social media
• try to gather as many examples of the cyberbullying as you can by saving the texts, tweets, or pictures • Tell a friend or trusted adult

What can a person do to support someone who is being bullied or cyberbullied?

• Show your support for the person being bullied by being nice to them in front of the bully.
• Interrupt the bullying by asking the person being bullied to come do something with you.
• Tell the bully that what they are doing is not okay and to stop
• Tell a teacher, parent, counselor or other trusted adult.
• If you know someone who is being cyberbullied, be nice to the person so that they won’t feel alone, encourage them to tell a trusted adult, and share tips like how they can block the number, unfriend the bully, and not to respond.