Children who bully often need more than just another child to bully. Often, these aggressors are looking for an audience to reinforce their inflated sense of self esteem and count on other children to be too afraid to do anything to deflect the situation, whether it’s a verbal or physical incident.
Now stopbullying.gov, the multi-agency effort of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has released an informative video designed to encourage parents and other adults to help teach kids how to be more than a bystander. Research shows that most youth want to do something to help when they see or hear about bullying – but often, they just don’t know how to go about it. The short video speaks to all involved parties including parents and school representatives as well as kids so it’s something everyone can view and talk about together.
The website has a number of other great tools and resources to get you and your kids talking and learn how to become an advocate of anti-bullying and be part of a safe, proactive solution. Watch the video at stopbullying.gov/respond/be-more-than-a-bystander/index.html; you can also obtain the full transcript or an accessible print version of the video at this same page on the site.