Bullying has become a very serious problem not just in schools but on the internet and through social media. The type of person who targets those they perceive as less or weaker are actually extremely insecure themselves as a rule.
They need to demean others in order to bolster their own flagging ego. There are of course those who simply delight in the suffering of others and will go out of their way to cause harm but in the most part bullies are cowards who mock others to deflect from their own perceived shortcomings.
One of the hardest things children have to learn is that you can take that power from them by not caring about their opinion. This is a difficult thing to do, especially for teens, as peer pressure and the desire to fit in is an overwhelming force for most during this stage of their growth.
The sayings that I picked for today are not aimed at belittling those who suffer from insecurity, they are meant to point out that true strength comes from understanding that belief in oneself will provide more comfort and security than the opinion of others, especially those who do not wish you well.
This last little homily may be a tad on the blunt side but I have to say it does get straight to the heart of the matter. Remember they can only take what it is you allow them to.
There will be times when others will harm you be it physical or mental but you can still retain what it is that you consider important by refusing to allow the blows they deliver destroy who you are and who you wish to be.