According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a person who is standing near but not taking part in what is happening is a bystander. The topic that we are going to discuss today is about being a bystander when you see bullying. Is this ok to do?

If you are not the person that is bullying I know it seems like you are not a part of a situation like this but, if everyone thought that it is their duty to stand up to the person who is bullying then, the bullying would stop. People have strength in numbers. If everyone steps up to a bully, the problem can be handled from the beginning.

This does not mean you have to pick a fight with the person. What it does mean is you should take action in some way. Be an active bystander. If someone is being hurt, it is normal to want to help that person. But look at the situation carefully before you act.

It’s important to keep yourself safe.

  • Tell a teacher
  • Tell an adult
  • Help the other child up if needed
  • Be the persons friend who is being bullied
  • Talk to other students that these actions are not right
  • Stay away from the bully
These are just a few tips. The list is endless when you put your mind to it. If you are having a problem with a bully talk to an adult for advice.