If you are in Canada, you can call the Kids Help Phone for help and support.
If you are LGBTQIA, you can contact the Trevor Project. They offer the Trevor Lifeline for crisis and suicide prevention at 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386).
Sadly, effective anti-bullying tips for kids to use are not numerous on the Web, and the United States lacks a general anti-bullying hotline. Here, we are accumulating a list of links and tips for kids who are being bullied. Please do not think that you’re alone or that you need to give up. Remember, the first thing that you need to do is to tell an adult whom you trust about what is going on.
Stories from the bullied and, yes, bullies
- From CNN: “How it feels to bully and be bullied”
- LZ Granderson, ESPN senior writer and all-around badass, writes, “Being bullied is hell, but life gets better.” He oughta know.
- “Memoirs of a Bullied Kid,” from Single Dad Laughing
- “Tales of the Schoolyard–Confession: I Was a Bully” from Shannon Des Roches Rosa via BlogHer
- The “We Got Your Back” project collects stories from the LGBTQIA community for sharing with LGBTQIA youth for support and encouragement
Some (possibly) helpful informational links
- From the Human Rights Education Center of Utah, some ideas for dealing with bullies.
- Get the message–it’s true–that it gets better (this is especially for GBLT people but applies across the board): Dan Savage’s It Gets Better Project
- Check out Over the Line, which addresses issues related to cyberbullying, texting, and sexting and crowdsources stories from young people to help derive what it means to cross the line in cyberspace.
- Suggestions for adults on the autism spectrum for recognizing an adult bully…should be helpful to anyone with battle scars who remains wary as an adult.