Who Are Bystanders?


A bystander is anyone who witnesses bullying when it happens. There are several types of bystander;

  1. Assistants: who help the bully and join in the bullying.
  2. Re-enforcers: who provide support to the bully.
  3. Outsiders: Stay away not taking sides, providing the bully with silent approval.
  4. Defenders: Comfort the victim, try to actively stop the bullying.
  5. Passive defenders: not involved but dislike the bullying.

Bystanders often don’t try to help because: 

  • They may be concerned for their own safety.
  • Don’t know what they should do to help.
  • Afraid that they may be picked on.