How to Be an Active Bystander

5 min

Small interventions can have a big impact.

There are four different types of interventions you can execute.

Let’s recap the four Ds of bystander intervention:


1. Delay
2. Delegate
3. Distract
4. Direct


This PDF contains a recap of each of the four D's and some examples of interventions you can do.

Let's practice:


A coworker appears to be paying unwanted attention to Kelsey, the office intern. You’re not exactly sure if she wants or needs your help.

Quiz 1 of 1

Which of the four Ds is the most appropriate intervention?

a
Direct: Tell your coworker to leave Kelsey alone.
b
Distract: Drown out what he’s saying by turning up your speakers.
c
Delay: Speak to Kelsey later and offer help if she needs it.
d
Delegate: Ask the internship coordinator to say something.

The correct answer is C. 


If you are unsure about a situation, delay your response until you can find out if your help is needed.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP:


Be on the lookout for situations that might require an intervention. Remember the four Ds and be prepared to intervene in some way, whether in the moment or at a later time.

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