ERIC Number: EJ1001159
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
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Student Voices: What Can Bystanders Do to Prevent Bullying of Students Who Are Different (or Perceived as Different) from Others?
Nordseth, Anna; Vepachedu, Vikas; Shipman, Grant; Alayachew, David
English Journal, v101 n6 p28-29 Jul 2012
In this article, four students share their ideas on what bystanders can do to prevent bullying of students who are different or perceived as different from others. Anna Nordseth says what bystanders need to realize is how to recognize bullying and what a lasting effect it can have on the individuals involved. One bold, compassionate bystander can make a profound difference in the life of someone who is being bullied. Instead of ignoring the situation, bystanders should be proactive in their approach. They should make sure that they themselves are not a part of the problem by laughing or agreeing with the bullying. Vikas Vepachedu thinks that the most important way a bystander can prevent bullying from occurring is by making the victim mentally stronger, more merciless, but wiser, than the bully. Martial arts would be extremely helpful in attaining this mindset if it is taught properly. Martial arts teaches one to be disciplined, wise, and stronger (physically and mentally). When Grant Shipman thinks of bullying, he thinks of a sickness. Bullying, defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as "treating someone abusively," can be as contagious as the flu, though often with worse consequences. Although anyone can be bullied, the most common victims are those who don't always "fit in" with the crowd. He believes that victims of bullying should not change who they are just because they do not share the same skills and interests as people their age. What makes people unique is the certain combination of skills and interests that define them as individuals. If one could just show support and encouragement for that minority of students with personalities that go against the norm, even the strongest forms of bullying could never destroy the confidence of unorthodox students across America. David Alayachew suggests that in order to solve the problem of bullying, it is necessary to understand what defines a bully, how students and staff can act, and how to prevent bullies from being permanently judged.
Descriptors: Bullying, Student Role, Peer Relationship, Prevention, Victims, Intervention, Interpersonal Relationship, Psychological Patterns, Physical Fitness
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