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Resources to learn about bullying and the role of the upstander.



“The world is a dangerous place to live in, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

– Albert Einstein


From the Library

Below you will find lists of books related to bullying and upstanding. Many wonderful discussions and teaching moments can happened when parents and children read together.

Bystander Video


Bystanders are those who witness injustice and do or say nothing.  Doing or saying nothing sends a message that injustice is acceptable.

It isn’t! Be an Upstander.

An Upstander is someone who:

  • is a defender, advocate, and supporter of human rights and human dignity;
  • acts when witnessing inequality, injustice, or oppression;
  • recognizes the need for empathy, dignity, and compassion;
  • recognizes, engages, and empowers others to confront injustice.

From the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights

Be an Upstander

Be an Upstander and A.C.T.

A = ASK: When you hear someone tell a joke that belittles others or use a word that is demeaning, ask, “Do you know what that word means?  Did you intend to be hurtful?”

C = CHOOSE: Being an upstander is a choice, just like being a bystander is a choice – but doing or saying nothing in the face of injustice implies that you agree.

T = TEACH: Teach by example of how you live your life. “Upstander” is a verb, as well as a noun.  I cannot call myself an upstander if others do not witness me as such.

From the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights