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CHOOSE COURAGE

How can our kids stop bullying? By practicing courage and getting involved. They can say to the child who is bullying, “Stop it. It’s not right!” And they can stand by the child who is being bullied, letting them know, “I am here for you.”

WHAT IS COURAGE?

Courage is personal bravery in the face of fear. It is doing what need to be done even when it is really hard or scary. Courage is going ahead even when you feel like giving up. Courage is needed in trying new things. It is admitting mistakes and then doing the right thing. Courage is the strength in your heart.

WHY PRACTICE IT?

Without courage, people would only do what is easy. No one would try new things. Everyone would do what everyone else is doing, to avoid standing out—even if they knew it was wrong. Fear would be in charge. With courage, you can face any situation. Courage helps you to do great things.

HOW DO YOU PRACTICE IT?

Courage helps you to do the right thing. When you feel afraid, name the fear then let it go. Then do what you really want to do. Admit mistakes and learn from them. Keep trying. Stand up for what you know is right even if all your friends are doing something wrong. Ask for help when you need it. Let courage fill your heart.

Bullying can happen anywhere and to anyone. Help stop bullying at school, online, and in the community. For more information, visit StopBullying.gov.

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