Stand up or stay out of it: How do parents teach their children to respond in bullying situations?

This study discusses the importance of increasing home and school collaboration in anti-bullying efforts.

By Courtney S. Banks, Amanda K. Joslin, and Jamilia J. Blake
The purpose of the study was to understand how parent teachings of bystander behaviors influence children's behavior when witnessing bullying situations. A sample of 66 parent and 3rd or 4th grade child dyads participated in study. Parents were surveyed about their teachings about how to respond to various bullying situations. Children completed a measure that assesses factors that influence bystander intervention in bullying situations. Results indicate that although most parents endorsed supporting the victim, when teachings included disengaging, children did nothing or joined in the bullying incident. Results and implications are discussed, specifically the importance of increasing home and school collaboration in anti-bullying efforts.