Be More Than a Bystander

Last week, I spoke to more than 1700 students at a local high school about cyberbullying and social media.

How can we make a difference? Don’t be a bystander.

  • Be more than a bystander – The bully needs the cooperation of his “audience.”
  • Stand up for others – If you can do it safely, show that you won’t tolerate bullying.
  • Be a friend – If you can’t intervene immediately, reach out to the victim later and help them resolve this issue.
  • Report bullying – Help them find a trusted adult to tell, or tell a trusted adult yourself.

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About the Author

Clayton Cranford
Clayton Cranford is a retired Sergeant from Orange County Sheriff's Department in California and owner of Total Safety Solutions LLC. Clayton is one of the nation’s leading law enforcement educators on social media, child safety, and behavioral threat assessments. Clayton is the author of the definitive book on cyber safety for families, “Parenting in the Digital World.” Clayton has more than 20 years of teaching experience and was awarded the 2015 National Bullying Prevention Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council, and the 2015 American Legion Medal of Merit. Clayton was a member of the County's Behavioral Threat Assessment Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, School Resource Officer program, and Juvenile Bureau.