A number of factors determine whether bystanders will and can act in bullying situations or not.
Research suggests that students who intervene tend to be younger, female, have not previously bullied their peers, have ‘pro-victim attitudes', believe their parents would expect them to help the target, and have a fairly high degree of self-efficacy. Teacher expectation that students would intervene had little or no effect.
Secondary school students are less prepared to intervene, partly due to the danger they perceive to themselves and also fear the bullying may turn on them. School cultures in secondary schools also tend to be less supportive and connected, another factor possibly affecting rates of intervention.
If your school decides to mobilise bystanders to stand up against bullying, certain conditions are important, including:
Bullying can continue over time, is often hidden from adults and will probably continue if no action is taken.Read More >
There is a growing awareness in Australia and other parts of the world about the level and impact of bullying in schools.Read More >
Schools and their teaching staff have a duty to take reasonable care for the safety and wellbeing of students.Read More >
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