Very lucky to spend time with a friend last night (who've I've not seen 'in the flesh' for far too long!) whose gorgeous 9 year old, George, heard the adults chatting about our anti-bullying programme. "That can't be a real job. Your job can't be to stop bullying." I asked him whose job it WAS to stop bullying, and he said, "The police." Fair point!
Of course, it's EVERYONE'S job to stop bullying - young or old - we all need to stand up for others if we see it happening. It's called social responsibility, and it's never too early to start teaching children about that; it's why we've all been wearing face masks, it's why we pick up other peoples' litter, and why we must stand up for people if we see them suffering at the hands of a bully.
I know that if we frame this in the WRONG way, it has the potential to become a weighty responsibility on our young peoples' shoulders that could feel like too much to take. That's one of the reasons 'Stand Up and Act Out' works so well - with our anti-bullying programme, children develop empathy for others, experience the genuine celebration of difference, and gain the confidence they need to stand up to people in a calm, confident manner, whilst also looking after themselves.
Anyone working with children knows how they instinctively tend to have a strong sense of justice, of what is right or wrong, and by introducing them to fictional characters who are being teased or bullied because of their difference, children instinctively recognise the 'wrongs' and WANT to do something to help.
So, lovely George, you're right, sometimes it IS the police's job to stop the bully, but it's our job too - and we can fun along the way learning how to do it!