Fun Fact: When a Bystander (someone who witnesses bullying) intervenes, they can stop the bullying in 10 seconds, 50% of the time.

Another Fun Fact: If a Bystander speaks up when they see bullying occur, the likelihood of the bully repeating that action goes down by 50%.

That’s a lot of impact that a Bystander can have and all they have to do is this one thing: SPEAK UP. Your words matter; kind words matter. When you see bullying happen in real life or online, take a deep breath, step up and say “What you’re doing/saying is not okay.” And that’s it. You’ve just helped someone get out of a bad situation and probably made them feel seen and valued. Go you!

If you’re still worried about intervening, watch what actress Elizabeth Banks has to say in this video from