One thing I have noticed, from personal experience, is that bullies, whether they be physical or verbal, are looking for a reaction. I have found, that the best way for me to deal with them is to not give them what they want. I have ignored a lot of people that tried bullying me. They finally gave up unsatisfied because they didn't get what they wanted from me. I try to share this nugget with as many people who are bullied as I can. Unfortunately, many of them don't seem to get it, or don't have much self control...or both.