I’ve witnessed bullying – what can I do?

The important thing to remember is to not fight the bully. Bystanders like yourself who have witnessed an incident of bullying or harassment need to support the victim by reporting what you saw to a parent, teacher or someone you trust. You can also use the anonymous online reporting tool if you aren’t comfortable doing it in person. Bystanders have the power to stop bullying behaviour.

Here are some tips for you:

  • Tell your parents or another adult you trust – your teacher, coach, principal, etc. – about the bullying. Try to remember specifics – who was involved, what happened, when and where.
  • Help the student being bullied by supporting them and helping them to report the incident.
  • Don’t be an audience – bullies look for attention, and by standing around watching without intervening you can actually encourage them to carry on.
  • Don’t visit websites that are meant to target and hurt other students, and don’t forward cruel emails, texts, messages, photos, etc. that you may receive from a bully or other students.
  • Don’t delete messages, photos, texts or emails – show a parent, teacher or trusted adult and keep them, they may be used as evidence when you report the incident.
  • Be assertive, but not aggressive. Do not get physical or make threats. Insults and fighting could only make the situation worse.
  • With others, and only if you feel safe doing so, make it known to the bully that what he/she is doing is not okay. Rally around the person being bullied, tell the bully to stop what they are doing, and try to get the victim away from the situation.
  • Do NOT try to fight the bully or intervene in violent or physical situations – get help from an adult.

If you are having thoughts of suicide or of hurting yourself or others, please reach out immediately for help. Call 9-1-1 (or your local police or authority, if you do not have 9-1-1) or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.

If you are being bullied, feeling alone or just need to talk to someone who will listen, please reach out to a trained volunteer or professional:

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A New Reporting Tool is Coming Soon

Reports are reviewed on regular school days. Schools are closed for Summer Break from June 30, 2018 – September 5, 2018. While your school is closed, if you or someone you know needs help right away, please call 911 (or your local police authority if you do not have 911).

If you want someone to talk to, then please call:

Les rapports sont consultés durant les journées normales du calendrier scolaire. Les écoles sont fermées durant les vacances d’été, du 30 juin au 5 septembre 2018. Si ton école est fermée et tu as besoin d’une aide immédiate, compose le 911 (ou contacte le service de police de ta région si le 911 n’est pas en service).

Si tu as besoin de parler à quelqu’un, contacte :


Thank you for stopping by to check out the ERASE Bullying online reporting tool. This tool is accessible through computers and smart phones, and will allow students, parents or other witnesses to report bullying or other threatening behaviour, anytime and anywhere.

The online reporting tool has just been developed and is in the final stages of testing.

If you need help, please reach out to someone you trust, like a parent, friend or teacher. Or, you can reach out to someone who doesn’t know you for support. There is a list of youth-oriented support lines and websites on this site just for you.