The Role of the Bystander

How do you avoid becoming a Bystander and possibly part of the problem when you believe someone has been hurt or wronged?

I would learn more about what our rights are. Everyone has rights especially those living in a democratic society. Here are a few rights that every Canadian should be familiar with: United Nations Convention on The Rights of The ChildThe Universal Declaration of Human Rights. and the Canadian Bill of Rights.

I would also learn about the ethics for an organization. In this young lady`s situation, I feel sections 3.9, 3.10, 3.11 and 4.16 from the Coaches of Canada, Coaching Code of Ethics, Principles and Ethical Standards apply.

If you agree with the above rights and believe individuals in the organization haven`t made ethical choices, then you must act or become a Bystander.

Anyone who continues to stand idly by, when they know what they are being told to do something that will cause harm to another, is wrong. To put one`s financial security ahead of care and concern for others is to be a Bystander. Bystanders give the bullies power. Without Bystanders, a bully is powerless. Did you know that bullies are really cowards.

As time passes, if those associated with an organization choose not to take action and correct any injustices that may have occurred, they can become Bystanders. A lack of action by an organization can also affect their sponsors because a situation like this reflects badly on everyone.

Who are you? Are you part of the problem (a Bystander) or part of the solution?



Click here to learn more or read an excerpt below.


A bystander is someone who sees or knows about bullying or other forms of violence that is happening to someone else; they can either be part of the problem (hurtful bystander) or part of the solution (helpful bystander). It’s easy to ignore incidents of bullying, or walk away thinking “at least it’s not me”.

But believe it or not, by doing nothing you are contributing to the problem — and you may be giving bullies the “okay” to carry on with their behaviour.

Research shows that bystanders can effectively stop bullying within 10 seconds of an intervention — so, what are you waiting for?


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