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ERIC Number: EJ904812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
The Bystander's Dilemma: How Can We Turn Our Students into Upstanders?
Woglom, Lauren; Pennington, Kim
Social Education, v74 n5 p254-258 Oct 2010
While bullying is often accepted as an integral aspect of "growing up," it can have detrimental and lasting effects on its victims. Bullying can occur in a variety of forms, including direct teasing and threatening, the use of physical violence, and in the spreading of malicious gossip and rumors. With the proliferation of new technology, bullying can occur in a number of new ways where it is more difficult for adults to intervene, including texting and the assorted forms of social media (like Facebook). For most students, such acts of bullying are devastating and can have tangible and lasting impacts. The effects of bullying, however, do not only impact those students that are directly involved in the exchange. Students who witness incidents of violence or bullying at school as bystanders are also affected in significant ways. This article discusses the Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) program which provides a toolkit of relevant, meaningful and high-interest lessons that enable teachers to address these topics within the framework of their existing plans. EHL focuses on the role that "bystanders" play in mitigating the suffering of victims, whether the individual is a victim of violence in armed conflict or the victim of school bullying. In making the lessons of history and current events pertinent to the experiences of youth, teachers have the opportunity to inspire student confidence to speak out against inequity. Through the use of the EHL curriculum, teachers are able to contribute to the education of an interested and engaged generation of youth who are able to think critically in the face of social dilemmas and comprehend the complexity of domestic and international issues. This generation of upstanders, moreover, will be grounded in the principles of humanitarianism and refuse to passively accept injustice. (Contains 9 notes and 1 online resource.)
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Language: English
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