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—ACT/Peer-Activities/Bullying 101
Pop Quiz – Ask some multiple-choice questions about bullying issues.
- Visit PACERTeensAgainstBullying.org—IDENTIFY/Who bullies?
- Questions and Answer Key - PopQuiz.pdf
Seriously!? – Introduce a true/false activity about the stigmas attached to bullying.
- Visit PACERTeensAgainstBullying.org—IDENTIFY/Seriously!?
- Questions and Answer Key - Seriously.pdf
Bullyology –Look at the characteristics of students who bully and who are targeted.
(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 "Cyber Set-Up" Video. Visit PACERTeensAgainstBullying.org—RESPOND/Acting Up
- What is the bullying situation?
- Who was involved in the bullying?
- How could this situation have been resolved more positively?
"Rewind" Video Project (allow about 15 minutes)
- Step 1: Keep It Real! - Question and Response Sheet - Step1.pdf
- Rewind Script Samples - addendum.pdf
- Break into small groups and brainstorm bullying scenarios.
- Record ideas for 2 or 3 scenarios.