1. Belonging to a group
If we talk about the roots of passive bystander behavior, the first thing we have to say is that we are social beings by nature. We want to belong to groups. It is important what others think of us. Being a group member helps us to interpret the world. Why is it relevant?
When we are in a situation that is difficult to interpret or uncertain, we assume that the behavior of our peers helps us. That is why we tend to do what others do. This phenomenon is called conformity. We assume that there is intention and knowledge behind the behavior of others. We assume that if we follow our peers, we can fit into a given community, a given situation.
Worth considering this effect, isn’t it? But how can we start a conversation about this effect with youngsters? The following online game can be a starting point to discover young people’s responsibilities in detecting and reacting to invisible racism.
2. Online game
3. Forum interaction
This online game is part of the toolkit of our manual ‘SeeThrough’. If you are thinking about using it in your practice, you can find it’s description and proposed implementation guides on pages 83-84. But before you visit our manual we invite you to reflect on how you would use it. Find the forum of this MOOC and share your thoughts on the question below:
What question would you ask from students to reflect upon the activity?
4. Closing the topic
There is only one thing left for you to close on this topic. Think about why you think we’re staying passive bystanders and what factors may be behind our inactivity based on the videos you viewed. Share one factor with a short explanation why people do not act.