We all know that we have the basic right to feel safe. As responsible members of a community, we also know that we should respect and protect the rights of others.
If someone is being bullied, a supportive bystander will take a stand against that bullying by using words or actions to help the victim.
If more bystanders have the confidence to speak up for the person being bullied and take safe action to help them, the power that the bully is seeking can be lessened.
Bullies thrive on the approval of those around them. Supportive bystanders do not just watch. They voice their voice their disapproval – ‘Stop that!’, ‘That’s not okay!’, ‘You don’t need to do that; leave him be.’
Make it clear to your friends that you won’t be involved in bullying behaviour.
Never stand by and watch or encourage bullying.
Do not harass, tease or spread gossip about others, this includes on social networks like Facebook.
Never forward on or respond to messages or photos that may be offensive or upsetting.
Support the person who is being bullied to ask for help e.g. go with them to a place they can get help or provide them with information about where to go for help.
Report it to someone in authority or someone you trust e.g. at school to a teacher, or a school counsellor; at work to a manager; if the bullying is serious, report it to the police; if the bullying occurs on Facebook, report it to Facebook.
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