Creating a positive, upstanding community is only possible when people of all ages have the words to communicate their ideas, stories, concerns and feelings. Common ground and peace are built upon the foundation of a community language — a commonly accepted and understood vocabulary for discussing important issues. For example:
UPSTANDER: Someone who speaks up for themselves or another person.
BYSTANDER: A person who chooses non action when witness to an act of intentional humiliation, abuse or violence of any kind against another person.
BULLYING: Defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths who are not siblings or current dating partners that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated. Includes making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally and excluding someone from a group on purpose. Bullying can occur in person or through technology.”
TARGET: A person singled out to receive unwanted aggressive behavior by an individual or group.