Shift the Focus – Weekly Stand #3

According to one study, more than half of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied.³ While in some situations the best and safest way to help will be to find an adult to intervene, in others it may only take the smallest interruption to shift the focus from bullying to a different subject. This week, look for a safe opportunity to speak up when someone is being treated unkindly with a small comment like, “That’s not cool,” or “I don’t think he wants you to call him that,” or “This is silly, don’t we have something better to do?” We bet you’ll be surprised by the results.

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