Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Bully and the Bystander

People who study bullying often focus on the bullies and the children they target. But now attention is turning to a long-neglected actor in this drama: the bystander. Empowering the bystander to speak up and act may be the key to stopping bullies, some experts say.

When children who see bullying speak up against it, seek help from an adult and offer support to the bullied child, they raise the overall emotional health of their school. And when children move from feeling afraid and disturbed by what they're seeing to feeling safe and respected, they will be better learners.

Learn how empowering bystanders can help stop bullying.