Here’s something that most bullying prevention programs don’t get: the adults don’t see the majority of the bullying. Most bullying happens behind our backs or in places where we are not present: hallways, buses, bathrooms, playgrounds. So why do we spend the majority of our time and funding training staff when we need to be winning over and skill-building the on-lookers?
This silent majority of kids who see the bullying wish that the bully would stop, and feel empathy for the victim…but they don’t know what to say and are nervous about speaking up. Research is showing that we can change that fairly easily by giving them permission and by creating a means. Here’s just one example of this kind of thing put into place….