Bystanders

More on Bullying

A bystander is someone who sees or knows something that is happening to someone else. When it comes to bullying, bystanders can be either part of the problem or part of the solution to stop what’s happening.

The way bystanders react when they see a bullying incident is critical.

Some bystanders take the side of the bully by laughing at the victim, encouraging the bully or forwarding on text messages or messages on social media like Facebook and YouTube.

Some bystanders say or do nothing. By doing so they give silent approval to the bully and encourage him/her to continue the behaviour.

Some bystanders may watch or know about the bullying but don’t do anything. They may not know what to do. or are scared. This group of bystanders knows that bullying is not ok.

Some bystanders will be supportive and take safe action to stop the bully, find help or support the victim.
What sort of bystander are you?

In my new book “Gummshoes – Mission#1: The Nobbled Numbskull”, I offer a plan to help kids cope with bullies.
Check out the P.E.R.F.E.C.T. Plan to cope with bullying.

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