Rate this item
  • 0.00 / 5 5
(0 votes)

 

October is Bullying Prevention Month and we want to encourage you to do your part to counteract bullying by being an Upstander instead of a bystander.

What is an Upstander?

An UPSTANDER is defined as someone who recognizes when something is wrong and acts to make it right. When we stand up for what is right, and do our best to help support and protect someone who is being hurt, we are being socially responsible (linkedin.com).download (2)

How being an Upstander can prevent bullying.

In order to be an Upstander a person must act. An Upstander will stand up and engage in a behavior if they see something that is not right. For some people, being an Upstander means directly intervening when you see another person being bullied; however, some people are not equipped to step in and directly stop bullying from happening. People who do not have the skillset to stop a bully can still be an Upstander. If someone is being victimized by a bully an Upstander can reach out to that person to ensure that they are okay. The Upstander can let the person who is being bullied know that they see what is happening and that they recognize that what that person is experiencing is not okay. The Upstander should also reach out to a trusted adult if they see anything that make them uncomfortable.

How can parents encourage their child to be an Upstander?

  • Talk to him or her about the importance of not being an audience. If your child sees bullying taking place, whether it be in person or online, it is important that he or she does not encourage the person who is bullying by being a spectator. If it is safe your child can step in and confront the bully, but if they are not comfortable doing so they should remove themselves from the situation and find a trusted adult.
  • Urge your child to approach the target of the bullying and offer their support. It is a powerful act to let the victim know that they are not alone.
  • Speak openly and often about your views on bullying. Talk about people in the news, in movies or other media who are Upstanders or who promote kindness.
  • Ask your child if they have ever seen a friend or classmate being bullied. Ask them how they responded to the situation and help them role play how they will respond if they witness someone being bullied in the future.
  • Ask your child if they have ever seen someone be an Upstander. Talk to them about what that looked like.
  • Let you child know that you are a safe adult to come to if they see someone who is being bullied. It is important that your child know that you are a trusted resource in their life and that they can always come to you when they see something or are experiencing something that makes them feel uneasy.

 

Share this:
More in this category: Connection as a Form of Prevention » Celebrate Red Ribbon Week » Low Cost and FREE Summer Programs in Denver 2019 » Talking With Other Parents to Keep Your Child Safe » Building Meaningful Connections This Holiday Season » Family Day 2018 » Hosting Alcohol Free Teen Parties » Low Cost and FREE Summer Programs in Denver 2018 » Signs Your Child Could Be Engaging in Unhealthy Activities » The Effects of Early Marijuana Use and How to Talk About it » Cigarettes in our everyday life: Middle school students address tobacco use » What do you do when a friend needs help? » Name Our Mascot Contest » The Importance of Positive Assets » Marijuana and the Teen Brain » Just Breathe » World Book Day » Attachment During Childhood » Positive Youth Development encourages adolescents to develop into their full potential » All It Takes is YOU to Make a Difference » Make 2015 the Year of YOU! » Last Minute Family Day Ideas and Resources » Bring your daughter, mother, or a friend… » Start Planning Your Family Day Menu Now! » Safe Summer 2013 Resource Fair » Denver’s Safe Summer Kickoff Keeps Getting More Awesome » Safe Summer 2013 Is Almost Here! » Prom: One night could change your entire life. » Who are the 85? » The First d-RAP Infographic Is Here! » What To Do When You See Bullying Happen » Staying Safe at School » What to Do if Your Child is Bullied » Sponsoring an Above the Influence “Tag It,” Event » Celebrate the Power of Prevention on Above the Influence Day! » Talking to Your Kids About Peer Pressure » Happy Family Day » Help! My best friend thinks I have a drinking problem. » The Denver RAP Youth Council Wants You! » Get Ready to Celebrate Family Day on September 24th, 2012 » Welcome to the new d-RAP Website and blog. »
Previous Post Celebrate Red Ribbon Week
Next Post Connection as a Form of Prevention

Leave a Reply