Matter of Principal - November

Matter of Principal - November
Posted on 11/01/2019

The Power of a Bystander  

An opportunity for family discussion.

At FFCA High School we work with students in many ways and have some very intentional talking points.  One such point is about the power of a bystander.  We believe that children need adults to teach them to speak up against injustice. Our students need to know that speaking up is not tattling or snitching, but doing the right thing. Children also need adults to help them understand that they are not alone in thinking that bullying is disturbing and wrong, and that they will be supported if they speak up.

“There is always something that any bystander can do safely. There are lots and lots of things to do. Just be flexible and keep looking for things that are going to be safe and effective.”



What are bystanders and upstanders?

At some time, every kid becomes a bystander—someone who witnesses inappropriate action, but doesn't get involved. You can be an upstander instead —the person who knows what's happening is wrong and does something to make things right. ... But just think: by doing so, you are becoming a person of character and also helping someone else. ( power of a bystander

What is the bystander effect?


Yours in Education, 

Bharati Singh, Principal Educator
Doug Lamb, Associate Principal
Sue Boyd, Associate Principal