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My child has seen bullying take place

Your child may know someone who is being bullied or has seen it happening at school. Even just witnessing bullying can be disturbing for a child. A child who witnesses or knows bullying is occurring is called a bystander and requires support to deal with what they have seen or know is taking place.

Bystander concerns include:

  • not knowing what to do or not wanting to make the situation worse
  • not knowing if their actions will make a difference
  • feeling worried about their safety if they intervene
  • feeling worried about the impact of taking action on their friendships
  • being anxious that they will be bullied as a result of intervening.

Research shows that peers are present in 85% of bullying incidents at school. Bullying has been shown to stop within 10 seconds when bystanders take positive action.