Often people bully others because they actually don’t feel that good about themselves. They might have low self-esteem, they might have been bullied themselves, or they might have some serious stuff going on at home. They might bully to make themselves feel more powerful and in control.
What can I do to help?
A bystander is someone who has seen, or knows about, someone being bullied. If you witness someone being bullied you might feel uncomfortable and unsure what to do about it. You might be scared to say or do something, or just feel confused about the situation. As a bystander you have many options to help make the situation better.
For more info on how to be an active and supportive bystander check out Reachout. If you aren’t sure what to do you can call Kids Helpline to help you figure out what to do. Talk to someone you trust about it, like a parent, friend or teacher, they might be able to give you some good advice. You might feel sad or upset about what you have seen, so make sure you take some time out to relax. Talking about it might make you feel heaps better too.