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Can a Friend Be Bullying Me? - Student Response

Can a Friend Be Bullying Me? - Student Response

For this week's episode oLast week on PACERTalks About Bullying, we answered the question, “Can a friend be bullying me?” in 60 seconds or less. On today’s episode, we are having K - 12th grade students share their responses to the same question. PACERTalks About Bullying, we are excited to share more about Students With Solutions, a creative project designed to help educators continue the conversation about kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. The episode will cover the history of this initiative and how you and your students can get involved!

  • Author: NBPC
  • Duration: 2:50 minutes
  • Date Posted: 2/10/2020

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 glad you're here.

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On last week's episode, we answered one of your most frequently asked questions about bullying in 60 seconds or less. The question that we answered was: Can a friend be bullying me? In this week's episode, we're having students, K through 12th grade, answer the exact same question. They have some awesome insight to share, so let's get into the video.

>> Can my friend be bullying me?

>> I think yes, they can, because you might have, like, gotten, like, into a really big fight and, like, that friend that was -- that can bully you, that did, like, said, like, "I'm not going to be your friend anymore and, like, I'm going, like, try to hurt your feelings." I think yes because of that.

>> Yes and no at the same time because sometimes our friends don't really realize what they're saying that might feel bad. Sometimes they don't notice it and they can say "sorry" or they just keep doing it and we just tell them to stop.

>> Unfortunately, sometimes it can be like that. Sometimes you might be making excuses for them, saying, "Oh, they're not being mean. They're just joking around. That's just their personality. They might just be a little moody sometimes, but I know that they're there for me." But once you ask them to stop doing it because it makes you uncomfortable or makes you feel bad about yourself and they don't stop, then you really need to stop being friends with them because they're clearly not there for you and that you can trust your instincts and they should always trust you as well.

>> Yes, because he could be calling you mean names.

>> If they bullied you, they're not the real friend that you're looking for because you always want to have a friend that's next to you, by your side, you can trust, and someone that can stand up for you and probably has multiple times.

>> I think that definitely a friend could be bullying you. Who you might think is a friend might not actually be your friend, and it's sometimes hard to tell the difference between teasing, like jokingly, and bullying, and sometimes it's really hard to find the difference or where to see, like is my friend just teasing me because it's funny, or is my friend actually bullying me, and is it hurting me?

>> And that's a wrap on this week's episode of Pacer Talks about Bullying. Thank you so much to all of the awesome students in this week's episode. We'll see you right back here next week, and remember, together we can create a world without bullying. See ya.

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