MEDFORD, Ore. -- If you or your child witnesses bullying, one expert says that there are three words that can stop it.
It’s as simple as saying "leave them alone,” or other assertive, non-violent phrases. Even something like “stop” would work.
The University of Oregon did a study that shows that words like that will stop bullying 58% of the time and within 6 to 8 seconds.
The Protectors say there are two ways a bullying situation can go for bystanders. One, the bystander does nothing. Or two, the bystander steps in using those powerful words.
For those who don't stand up, The Protectors say they're capacity for courage, sympathy or empathy decreases.
For those who do, the opposite is true.
However, finding the initial courage can be hard. To get that courage, The Protectors recommend making sure you have a script to follow before the bullying starts.
Another way to start is to make sure you have a buddy. Studies show having someone with you increases your courage.
The more you or your child uses the words “leave them alone,” the more empowered you become.
The Protectors say getting involved helps increase your ability to have courage, sympathy and empathy.