If one of your child's friends or peers begins to bully someone, they shouldn't encourage the behavior by giving it an audience. Instead of laughing or supporting it, they can let the bully know that such behavior isn't entertaining.
- Oftentimes, those who bully are encouraged by the attention that they receive from bystanders. Children can help stop bullying by actively not supporting it.
- Remind them that when they see bullying, they can act disinterested or blatantly state that they don't think bullying is entertaining or funny.
- Children can help by keeping their distance from the situation. If they ignore it, it may stop.
- If the bullying doesn't stop, the bystander should follow other tips, such as telling a trusted adult.