Be the Change, Stop Bullying & Cyberbullying

Peer Advocacy

70.6% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2014).

When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2014).

Bystanders’ beliefs in their social self-efficacy were positively associated with defending behavior and negatively associated with passive behavior from bystanders – i.e. if students believe they can make a difference, they’re more likely to act (Thornberg et al., 2012).

Teens of all ages and backgrounds are witnessing these mean behaviors online and are reacting in a variety of ways (Pew Research Center Internet Project, 2011):

  • 90% of teen social media users say they have ignored the mean behavior they have witnessed on a social network site.
  • 80% say they have personally defended a victim of meanness and cruelty.
  • 79% say they have told someone to stop their mean behavior on a social network site.
  • However, 21% of social media-using teens say they have personally joined in on the harassment of others on a social network site.


Students who experience bullying are more likely to find peer actions helpful than educator or self-actions (Davis & Nixon, 2010). 

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