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Anti-Bullying Video: Social Experiment Gets Surprising Results

10/27/2015 02:23 EDT | Updated 10/27/2015 02:59 EDT

What would you do?

That's the powerful question one anti-bullying social experiment is asking.

A video, posted on YouTube earlier this month and created by Rob Bliss, shows two friends picking on a younger girl at a bus stop. The experiment aims to find out if passersby will help the victim of bullying or simply look away.

The result of the video is truly heartening. Several strangers defend the girl and even invite her to sit beside them instead.

"Do you want someone to do that to you? You think it's funny?" asks one woman of the girls posing as bullies.

"Do you guys like have anything nice to say? You guys are just talking sh-t," says another man.

Possibly our favourite response is a man who calls the girl over and plays his harmonica for her.

While this video was shot and produced in the U.S., bullying is just as present north of the border. According to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada has the ninth highest rate of bullying in the 13-year-old category among 35 countries. A whopping 47 per cent of parents report that their children have been victims of bullying.

The Canadian Red Cross also reports that children who are victims of harassment are more likely to have lower grades, have less interest in academics and skip school.

So what would you do?

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