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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. You might be interested to know more about bullying and bystanders.

The bottom line is, bystanders in bullying have choices: they can either be part of the problem, by staying silent; or part of the solution, by stepping up.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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