Albert Einstein once stated that “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything”. In order to create a community that is stronger, safer, and more supportive, Primary students are learning about how to be an “upstander” to stand up to bullying. Throughout Weeks 3 & 4, Ms Bella ran her ‘Upstander’ workshops in Years 5 & 6, with plans to speak to Years 1 – 4 in the following weeks.
The Bully Project states that “An upstander is someone who recognises when something is wrong and acts to make it right. When an upstander sees or hears about someone being bullied, they speak up. Being an upstander is being a hero: we are standing up for what is right and doing our best to help support and protect someone who is being hurt.”
Essentially, students have been learning that stopping mean behaviour is everyone’s responsibility. When we work together and stand strong against this behaviour, we are creating places where every person is valued for who they are. Students reflected on what a hidden camera would capture them doing if they saw a child being picked on by another child. Most people automatically become ‘bystanders’; they freeze and do not know how to respond. They believe that it’s none of their business to intervene; however, we can take away the bullies power by following these rules:
1. Be a Buddy
3. Speak Out
4. Tell Someone
We’re now looking forward to seeing how the Year 6s have incorporated being an upstander into their bullying project for ‘Showcase’!
Ms. Arabella Higgins