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Bystanders and student intervention

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Why don’t bystanders always act?

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Students may/ may not know what bullying is

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They may fear becoming a victim, now or in the future

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They may believe no one will help and the situation would only get worse

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Their own friends may pressure them not to do anything to help the victim

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They might think that it's none of their business

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The Bystander Effect

Why don’t bystanders always act?

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They may think their actions will make it worse for the victim

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They may not like the victim

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They may think acting is somehow tattling on the bully who may be a friend or part of the “in” crowd

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They may fear their own social status will be compromised by intervening

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They may actually approve of bullying

If you witness bullying occurring:

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Determine if the behaviour is truly bullying

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If it is, determine your response:

• Intervene when the bullying is occurring and stand up for the victim

• Reach out to the victim later

• Talk to the bully (if you feel safe)

• Ignore the incident and encourage others to move away as well

Remember these tips when you see bullying:

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No one deserves to be hurt - physically or mentally

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Telling someone is not tattling

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Silence may be desired in the classroom, but not about bullying

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