But Dr. Peter Sheras, who studies youth violence, says that may not always work. He advises parents to tell their teens to:

Stay away. Most victims know where they are likely to meet the bully. Think of ways to avoid those situations.

Find allies. Bullies tend to pick on people who are by themselves. Make friends with other students. There really is safety in numbers.

Talk with adults. Schools can’t fix the bully problem if they don’t know it exists. Tell adults if someone is threatening you.

Parents need to watch for signs of bullying. Students who are victims are sometimes ashamed to tell their parents.

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