In this section, you’ll learn about the bystander effect*, why people might not always feel able to help, what motivates people to help and how you can put kindness into action.
*The bystander effect describes a situation where many people see someone in need of help but no-one steps forward to help. We know that once people understand the bystander effect and barriers to action, they are more likely to help someone in need of first aid.
- Learn how to explain what the 'Bystander effect' is
- Learn to identify why some people might hesitate to act and what inspires others to act
- Practise evaluating how people respond in first aid situations
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Watch this film to find out about the bystander effect:
In your own words, write down or discuss what is meant by the bystander effect:
Why do you think everyone helped at the end once one person stepped forward?
With this activity explore what the bystander effect means and the impact it can have.
With this activity explore the bystander effect in a real life situation and what helped someone overcome it.
Explore what motivates people to help others and discover your own helping qualities.
Learn and practise how to keep safe, use coping skills and look after your wellbeing when helping others.