Monday - Starting the Discussion Toolkit
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Schools, organizations, and communities are raising awareness of bullying prevention and teaching students how to respond effectively to bullying situations.
Today's topic is "Bullying 101." Bullying can take many forms. It can be physical, and it also can be emotional and social—using words to hurt someone, leaving someone out, or gossiping and spreading rumors. Bullying also happens over cell phones and the Internet. In your classroom today, you will learn what bullying is, how to identify it, and why it happens.
Classroom Education and Activities
Active Learning and Discussion
Bullying 101 – Review what bullying is, how to identify it, and why it happens.
- Visit PACERTeensAgainstBullying.org>Bullying Defined
Definitely True or Now Way!? – Introduce a true/false activity about the stigmas attached to bullying.
(To make sure all students participate, you may want to break the class into groups of 5 to 8 students. Appoint one student in each group to take notes and report results to the class. Consider using that feedback for future bullying prevention projects.)
- What is bullying?
- Why might kids be bullied?
- Why might kids bully?
Video and Discussion
Watch “Teen Talk on Cyberbullying” Video. Discussion Questions:
- How do you define cyberbullying? How is it different from traditional bullying?
- How does/would being cyberbullied make you feel?
- What could you do as a bystander when you see cyberbullying?
Watch "Cyber Set-Up" Video. Visit PACERTeensAgainstBullying.org>>Experiencing Bullying
- What is the bullying situation?
- Who was involved in the bullying?
- How could this situation have been resolved more positively?