The Bystander Effect

Find out more about what it means to be a bystander. Use what you learn to make positive choices in tricky when someone you know is carrying a knife. Discover ways to stay safe whilst taking positive action.



The Bystander Effect

A bystander is a person who observes or knows about a situation, like if you see someone stealing something, or you know someone is carrying a knife. You know that the behaviour is unacceptable and could result in an injury. What would you do?

It's a difficult question to answer, as human instinct tells us to wait and see what others will do. However, that changes once we know we can become an 'active bystander'. Let's find out how...

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Get involved in some activities

Change the Story

In this activity you will draw or write a storyboard of an active bystander situation. This exercise works best after seeing the knife crime.
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Wrong Place, Right Time

Using the Knife Crime Animation, we look at the role an active bystander can take.
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Zombie Run!

A game to test out the bystander effect.
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Let's get a discussion going

5 D's Chat

A discussion about the 5 D's.
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It's Not the Norm...

To explore why some people carry knives or weapons
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Check what you know with a quiz

A quiz about the 5 D's

Each quiz lets you answer questions as an individual or a group. When the quiz is finished, press the button to reveal the answers and see how much you've picked up. Feel free to try it more than once.

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Real life from behin the knife

Jenny's Story

These real life stories explain the background, the challenges of being involved in knife crime and the hard lessons learned when trying to move on.

Click the link to read the story and interact with a video, audio track or illustration.

When Jenny stepped in
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