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What is the role of peers in bullying?

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Studies have found that peers do play an important part in bullying whether they are openly encouraging it or 'just' standing by and watching. It has been suggested that if witnesses of bullying are not actively trying to prevent it, they are encouraging it (whether they realise it or not).

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This question shows just how complex a bullying situation can be. An adult observer may find it difficult to distinguish between those children who are actively involved in bullying and those who are bystanders. What is clear, however, is that bystanders may provide the key to finding a solution to many bullying incidents. Peer pressure can be positive as well as negative.
(Andrew Mellor)

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