A bystander is a witness who sees or knows about bullying happening to someone else. But it doesn’t mean they have to just watch it happen. Whether they know it or not, by doing nothing a bystander supports the bullying behaviour.
The bottom line is, bystanders have choices: they can either be part of the problem, by staying silent; or part of the solution, by stepping up.
Send a message of support
Whether it's IRL or online, reach out to someone who’s experiencing bullying and let them know you're there for them. It can make a huge difference to how they're feeling.
Be part of the solution
If you see a bullying situation play out, it can be really hard to know what to do. But, did you know that in the majority of cases bullying will stop in minutes when someone steps up? Learn how to safely stand up to others here.Watch now
Connect with people who get it
It can feel really shitty to witness bullying. Connect with other young people who've been there and get some support, or share your own experience in our anonymous forums.
ReachOut Forums is a supportive, safe and anonymous space.
Hear from others about what has helped them and share what you’re going through.Join the discussion Join the discussion
Being a bystander of bullying
Did you know that bullying will usually stop in minutes if a bystander or friend steps up and takes action to support the person being bullied?
Bystanders can stop bullying in its tracks. We reached out to hear some stories of when young people were bystanders to bullying, and what they did about it.
You've just taken a step towards helping yourself with this bullying situation.
It's proven that if you put something in writing, you're more likely to follow through.