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It starts with YOU!

January 29, 2014
By Jessica_Shah BRONZE, West Windsor, New Jersey
Jessica_Shah BRONZE, West Windsor, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
Forget the Risk and take
the fall, if it's what you
want, then it's worth it

Are you a bystander or an upstander? A bystander is a person who observes someone being bullied and either does or does not do anything to stop it. Whereas an upstander is a person who stands up for something such as the victim.

There are many ways you can be an upstander and help many. Here are some ways:
Help others who are being bullied - Be a friend to a victim, compliment them, congratulate them, walk with them to lunch, talk to them. You never know this, but too a victim this means so much to them because they finally have a friend and to them your their hero.
Stop rumors from spreading - Rumors are bad and majority of the times they are false and just some silly gossip spreading. If a rumor spreads and you happen to hear about it and cognize it’s false then Stand Up, Speak Up for what’s right.
Be friendly - If you happen to notice someone alone at a lunch table, go up to them and join them or introduce them to your circle of friends.
Newbies - If there are new students that are now apart of your school then make them feel welcomed and comfortable. Also, introduce the person to your group of friends.
Role model - A role model is a person who serves an example. So be a role model instead of a bystander cause it’s more cooler.
Respectful - Be nice and respectful. Respect others differences cause not everyone is just like you and help others be respectful too.

Just by doing these six steps you could be a hero to someone, be their life saver, you could have someone look up to you, you could be their role model. You, all it takes is one person to make a difference. Just you can make an impact on many. You can be the change. Y-O-U spells you, it starts with you, so what are you waiting for?

The author's comments:
Bullying is not fun. nor is it a joke or a joking matter. Being bullied is a situation you don't want to be in and so you should always be an upstander because you never know u could be a hero that day.

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