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Just ignore your bullies and they’ll leave you alone! That’s what teachers and parents would tell you in school. However, this is ineffective against persistent bullies. Bullying, after all, is all about power dynamics. Instead of ignoring bullies or hoping the problem will go away, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends encouraging kids to speak to trusted adults about bullying, stand up to bullies by using humor or saying “Stop” repeatedly and knowing when to walk away. The best way to prevent bullying is to encourage confidence and extracurricular activities for children and keeping the lines of communication open.