The Bystander Effect occurs when people notice an unsafe situation and react in ways that are useless or harmful. Most of the time, even just one person taking leadership can overcome the Bystander Effect. Learn how to overcome the bystander effect by practicing safety skills to ensure the safety of your community.


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Kidpower Founder and Executive Irene van der Zande is a master at teaching safety through stories and practices and at inspiring others to do the same. Her child protection and personal safety expertise has been featured by USA Today, CNN, Today Moms, the LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Publications include: Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe, the Kidpower Safety Comics series, the Relationship Safety Skills Handbook for Teens and Adults, and The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People.

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