What is a Bystander?
A bystander is anyone who witnesses bullying when it happens. There are several types of bystander;
Assistants: who help the bully and join in the bullying.
Re-enforcers: who provide support to the bully
Outsiders: Stay away not taking sides, providing the bully with silent approval.
Defenders: Comfort the victim, try to actively stop the bullying.
Passive defenders: uninvolved but dislike the bullying.
Bystanders often don’t try to help because:
They may be concerned for their own safety.
Don’t know what they should do to help.
Afraid that they may be picked on.
What can my school do to prevent bullying?
One of the most effective methods of bullying prevention in a community is to use the 'Whole School Community Approach'. This involves the entire school community; staff, parents, pupils and other school staff.
This approach is about bullying prevention and intervention to reduce bullying. Some examples of this are;
- Awareness days to highlight the types of bullying.
- Increased playground supervision.
- An anti-bullying policy.
Always remember that everyone in a school community has a responsibility to:
- Avoid engaging in bullying behaviour;
- Discourage and intervene when you witness bullying behaviour;
- Assist and give support to those targeted;
- Report incidents.