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Yes, but my son's old school took it too far and the middle school became full of tattle-tales..
I agree with this. Stepping up is good. The thing is that you must win. If you loose, the bullying gets even worse, especially if your own family doesn't back you up, when you possibly get hounded for "daring" to defend yourself.
I agree about removing the audience.
I think it's a great idea to teach kids how to be confident and to stand up for themselves (not necessarily by fighting back).
It's not necessarily an end all, but I remember a bully in particular, that resorted to her starting an actual fight with me & I didn't back down. When her & 2 friends were picking on a refugee student, I stood by & they didn't go furthe