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Can A Friend Be Bullying Me? - 60 Second Response

Can A Friend Be Bullying Me? - 60 Second Response

Today on PACERTalks About Bullying, we are excited to bring you another video where we answer the most frequently asked questions we receive from our audience - in 60 seconds or less. This week’s question is, “Can my friend be bullying me?”

  • Author: NBPC
  • Duration: 2:08 minutes
  • Date Posted: 2/4/2020

Series: PACERTalks About Bullying - Season 3

We are thrilled to return for a third season of PACERTalks About Bullying with more interviews, stories, and tips on making the world a kinder, more accepting, and more inclusive place. New this season is the “60 second response,” in which students, adults, and PACER's NBPC staff help answer your most frequently asked questions about bullying prevention.


>> Hey, everyone! Welcome back to PACER Talks About Bullying. I'm Bailey, and we're so happy you're here.

Today we're excited to bring you another episode, where we answer some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive from you, our amazing audience. The question I'll be answering today is: Can my friend be bullying me?

This is a really common question that we get from kids and teens. Now that you know more about this week's question, let's get into the answer. The simple answer is yes. But we know it's not always that simple. Friends can sometimes have bad days. Friends can disagree. Friends can sometimes hurt each other and simply need time apart. This is normal and can happen in any friendship, no matter how close.

If you're experiencing treatment from a friend that hurts you and you've asked them to stop but they still continue, then that's not friendship. That behavior could be bullying. Friendship behaviors do not include hurting someone on purpose or continuing to be mean when someone asks you to stop. A friend will change or feel bad about their behavior if they realize that they're hurting you.

If you aren't certain if what's happening is a part of normal friendship or if it's bullying, talk with an adult you trust and get help sorting out the relationship. You deserve to be around people that treat you like a friend and that you trust and respect.

And with that, that's a wrap on this week's episode of PACER Talks About Bullying. If you want more information on this topic, check out the questions answered section of our website We'll see you right back here next week as we have students answer the exact same question. We'll see you then. And remember, together, we can create a world without bullying. See ya.

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