Upstander vs. Bystander

Upstander vs. Bystander
Posted on 02/19/2016
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Bullying Project

By: Paz Vargas and Ederly Fuentes

4 period

A bystander is someone who sees something between the bully and the victim. Bystanders are very different from either victims or bullies. Children can prepare to become helpful bystanders by discussing with adults the different ways bystanders can make a difference, and by letting them know that adults will support them. Adults can also provide examples of how helpful bystanders have shown courage and made a difference in real-life situations and in their own experiences. Be a friend, even if this person is not yet your friend. Let them know how you think they are feeling. Help them to talk to an adult about what just happened. If someone is new at your school, make an effort to introduce them around and make them comfortable. If you see friends or classmates laughing along with the bully, let them know that kind of behavior is not okay for school. If someone sends you a message that you know is untrue, stand up and let the person know it is wrong. Bullying occurs in the school yard, on the playground, on the bus, as well as social media sites, and email. In many school communities, over 50% of students do not feel very safe at school. Some strategies are that you use good posture and stand or sit tall. Make eye contact with the bully. Don't look down or look away. Keep your hands at your side. Don't cross your arms or put your hands on your hips. Try to stay calm. Try not to cry or show fear.

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