TIP 5: DON'T GIVE BULLYING AN AUDIENCE. A KID'S PERSPECTIVE
HOPE SANDERS: Bullies, they really feed off the energy they get. If they hear people laugh at one joke they make, they're going to keep making them to get the laughs. And if you show them that it's not appreciated, then eventually they'll realize that what they're doing is not acceptable. When I've been an audience member, I've actually been in situations growing up where I've seen kids bullied as a group. I've been part of the crowd, and I've been in situations where its just been easier to laugh at the kid who's being bullied. And you feel bad. But you never see anyone else reaching out for them. And you know that you could be that person. But there's just this instinct to conform to the crowd, and to just keep laughing, and to tell yourself that the kid's ok, even though you know that it's not and that this is going to have a real negative effect on this child.