“The bystander is almost always there and can be pivotal in allowing the bullying to continue and escalate, or to stopping it, says Harvard Medical School psychologist Ronald Slaby, who also is serving on Cartoon Network’s advisory panel.
TAP’s The Courage to Stand is an interactive performance, where students are challenged to look at the problem of bullying in a fresh, new way. By exploring acts of courage throughout history, including moments from the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Era., students learn to examine the choices, risks, and consequences of intervening to help the target in a bullying situation. This innovative program teaches young people to creatively investigate the idea of courage- what it is, where to find it and how to act as a “courageous bystander.”
Studies indicate that about 85 percent of bullying incidents are witnessed by a bystander, yet only about one-fifth of the time do the witnesses intervene on behalf of the target.
Programs like the Courage to Stand and anti-bullying campaigns, like the one Cartoon Network is launching, are finding a way to talk about bullying in which the student becomes part of the solution. Through these type of programs they gain the tools to make a difference in their schools and communities.
To learn more about Cartoon Network’s anti-bullying campaign: http://www.austin360.com/television/cartoon-network-plans-major-anti-bullying-campaign-708129.html
Video of TAP’s The Courage To Stand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVG6TqO1EqM&feature=player_embedded