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What Role Do Bystanders Play In Bullying?

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Bystanders also play a key role in bullying. Students who are bullied report that allying and supportive actions from their peers were the most helpful actions from bystanders, and peer actions were more helpful than teacher actions (Davis and Nixon, 2010). More than half of bullying incidents are stopped when a peer or bystander intervenes (Hawkins et al., 2001). If bystanders intervene, they are helping the situation even if it does not seem like it, but if they just watch what is happening and do nothing, they are contributing to the problem. Bullies are often children who are dealing with difficult situations or who have been mistreated at home. They may bully others to feel important or in control of what happens in their lives (Hopson,
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