How do bystanders contribute to bullying?

Joel Haber, PhD Psychologist, Author, and Bullying Expert, explains the big role that bystanders play in the bullying dynamic and explains the impact they can have in preventing bullying
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How do bystanders contribute to bullying?

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Bystanders play a huge role in the bullying dynamic. Remember there is a bullying child, there is the target of bullying and then there is the rest of the kids who watch. Bystanders are so important because they see more bullying than any adults do. Kids who bully are not going to do bullying in front of teachers or in front of adults because they are going to get caught. But they will do it in front of their peers because they are looking for comradery for bullying behavior. So bystanders have the biggest power group. Since 10% of kids to bullying behavior and 10% are targets, 80% are a big power group. The problem is that bystanders watch bullying and even if they know what to do, lots of times they wait for everyone else to step up. Most bystanders are afraid to step up and do what is right. But they are the solution if we can make it safe for them to report.

Joel Haber, PhD Psychologist, Author, and Bullying Expert, explains the big role that bystanders play in the bullying dynamic and explains the impact they can have in preventing bullying

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Joel Haber, PhD

Psychologist, Bullying & Parenting Expert, Author

Dr. Joel Haber is a Clinical Psychologist and internationally recognized bully prevention and parenting expert. He was selected as a webinar leader and a speaker for the Obama Administration Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention initiative.  He was also an invited participant to the Second Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit in 2011. His recent book, Bullyproof Your Child for Life: Protect Your Child from Teasing, Taunting and Bullying for Good set the bullying standard for schools, camps, sports, organizations and families dealing with bully prevention and intervention. He recently published The Resilience Formula: A Guide to Proactive, Not Reactive Parenting.  He is a consultant and expert to the American Camp Association, and to LG Electronics as a member of (LGTextEd.com), providing cyberbullying and mobile harassment expertise to parents and families. He is an advisor to Cartoon Network’s anti-bully campaign: Stop Bullying: Speak Up.  He is an expert for No Snap Judgments: The Addams Family Broadway Show- National Campaign to promote acceptance and tolerance amongst our youth. He is also co-founder of Tool Kits for Kids (toolkitsforkids.com), recipient of five national parenting awards for helping parents and kids develop the tools and emotional life skills to overcome worry, build confidence and develop resilience. He has written and published extensively, speaking each year to thousands of parents and educators to help make children’s lives, safer and better. 

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