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Supporting a Peer Experiencing Bullying - Student Response

Supporting a Peer Experiencing Bullying - Student Response

Last week on PACERTalks About Bullying, we answered the quesIt can be tough figuring out how to help someone who is being bullied. Last week on PACERTalks About Bullying, we answered the question, “What are some ways students can support a peer experiencing bullying?” in 60 seconds or less. This week, we're hearing from kids and teens just like you who have some awesome advice on how to help those who are bullied. ion, “What are reasons students might not report bullying to an adult?” in 60 seconds or less. On today’s episode, we are having students share their responses to the same question.

  • Author: NBPC
  • Duration: 3:00 minutes
  • Date Posted: 1/14/2020

Series: PACERTalks About Bullying - Season 3

We are thrilled to return for a third season of PACERTalks About Bullying with more interviews, stories, and tips on making the world a kinder, more accepting, and more inclusive place. New this season is the “60 second response,” in which students, adults, and PACER's NBPC staff help answer your most frequently asked questions about bullying prevention.


>> Hey, everyone. Welcome back to PACER Talks About Bullying. I'm Bailey. And we're so glad you're here. On last week's episode, we answered one of your most frequently asked questions in 60 seconds or less. The question why: What are some ways that students can support a peer experiencing bullying? In this week's episode, we're going to have students answer the exact same question. They have some really great insight to share, so let's get into the video.

>> Be there for them. Tell them it's not really their fault because most the time it isn't. And, you know, tell them to tell a trusted adult. Like if they're too scared to tell their parents about it, they can always go to like their guidance counselor or maybe -- well, they can tell their friends.

>> Personally, I'd go up to them and be like, hey, you know what, this person really, they give the power to you. You have power in this position. If you go to an adult, they're in trouble. They're obviously doing something wrong. So don't worry about it, go to an adult -- a teacher, your parents, principal. And you'll be all right.

>> You need to recognize that you have an incredible amount of power to help somebody's situation. I always remind myself of this quote -- I can't remember who said it. But it goes something like this. You can't necessarily change the world but you can change the world for one person. If you're witnessing bullying, you have incredible opportunity to help somebody's life and make somebody feel less alone. And, you know, find an adult that you trust to talk to about this. Intervening doesn't necessarily mean that have to get in the middle of a fight. More often it means that you need to find a trusted adult and tell them what you're witnessing and use them to help the situation. And I would just say that if you're a bystander, you need to say something. Because you have incredible power and choice and agency to make a difference.

>> Step up or go to a trusted adult -- principal, teacher.

>> Just say to them, it's okay and that that person might be going through some stuff too and they're taking it out on you. It's not your fault and that you should maybe just go tell somebody and it'll get better.

>> And with that, that's a wrap on this week's episode of PACER Talks About Bullying. Thank you so much to all of the amazing students who shared their ideas on way to support a peer experiencing bullying. We'll see you right back here next week. And remember, together, we can create a world without bullying. See 'ya.