You Have the Power to Prevent Bullying

Captain Compassion® is back! Committee for Children’s bullying prevention superhero has returned in support of National Bullying Prevention Month. This year, Captain Compassion empowers kids and adults to use their upstander power and gives her trusty sidekick Kid Kinder® guidance about how to help others recognize, report, and refuse bullying. 

Together, we can create safer environments for kids.

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Activate Your Upstander Power

Follow Captain Compassion and Kid Kinder as they address the challenges that can come with being an upstander—and show there‘s not just one way to activate your upstander power.

Check back weekly for bullying prevention tips from the Captain Compassion comic series. Download the Secret Decoder Wheel with the kids in your life and look for the hidden word each week. If kids decode the full message at the end of the month, they can enter our sweepstakes for a chance to be drawn as a Captain Compassion comic series character.

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2021 Captain Compassion® Comics

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Week 1: The Back-to-School Blues

Week 2: Cyberbullying

Week 3: When Bullying Happens at School

Week 4: Upstander Power in Action

Week 5: Upstanders Unite

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Week 1: The Back-to-School Blues

Week 2: Cyberbullying

Week 3: When Bullying Happens at School

Week 4: Upstander Power in Action

Week 5: Upstanders Unite

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Read the Origin Story

All heroes start somewhere. Go back to the beginning of Kid Kinder’s story and follow his journey to becoming an upstander.

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Free Posters

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What Can Adults Do to Prevent Bullying?

Adults play a crucial role in the success of bullying prevention efforts, but it’s not always clear how to help. This video can help you tap into your own upstander power, recognize the signs of bullying, and foster trusting relationships with the kids in your life. It’s also important to recognize that all kids connected with bullying—those who experience it, engage in it, and even witness it—can suffer long-term mental health consequences.

The Importance of Upstander Power

When upstanders intervene, it can reduce instances of bullying by more than 50 percent (Hawkins et al., 2001). Empowering kids to use their upstander power, whether it’s speaking out in the moment or reporting to a trusted adult, can contribute to creating a safer environment both in the classroom and outside of school (Nickerson et al., 2008).

If Your Child Witnesses Bullying

  • Ask for more details
  • Assure them the situation will be addressed
  • Follow up with school administration

If Your Child Is Bullied

  • Believe them
  • Tell them you’ll make sure the situation is addressed
  • Follow up with school administration

If Your Child Is Bullying

  • Listen with an open mind
  • Remember the behavior doesn’t define the child
  • Work with school administration on an action plan

  1. Nickerson, A. B., Mele, D., & Princiotta, D. (2008). Attachment and empathy as predictors of roles as defenders or outsiders in bullying interactions. Journal of School Psychology, 46(6), 687–703. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsp.2008.06.002

  2. Hawkins, D. L., Pepler, D. J., & Craig, W. M. (2001). Naturalistic observations of peer interventions in bullying. Social Development, 10(4), 512–527. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9507.00178

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