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Bullies can be stopped, but it takes a village. – By Alan E. Kazdin and Carlo Rotella – Slate Magazine

August 15, 2009 · No Comments

When students see bullying, they tend not to report it. Surveys indicate that they usually believe nothing would be done if they did tell about what they saw. Bear in mind that about 85 percent of bullying happens in front of others, usually peers. The event is institutionally invisible, but there are typically witnesses. These peers intervene only about 10 percent to 20 percent of the time, but when they do, they can stop bullying. Even when the child who steps in is considered weak in the group’s hierarchy of power, the bullying stops within 10 seconds in more than half the instances of intervention by peers. The extensive body of research on bullying has led to a new appreciation of the power of bystanders to enable or disable bullying.

via Bullies can be stopped, but it takes a village. – By Alan E. Kazdin and Carlo Rotella – Slate Magazine.

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