Aim: To learn about bullying and how it can be stopped. Introduction: Bullying can happen to anyone at any age. Being bullied at school, home or online might involve someone pushing, hitting, teasing, talking about or calling an individual names. No one has the right to hurt others or make them feel bad. Taken from the BB Junior Pro Pack C-2-5
• Wordsearch template
Activity 1 - Bullying Questions and Discussion
Aim: To understand bullying and how it affects us as individuals.
Ask the children the questions below to find out what they think bullying is and how it affects people:
• What is a bully?
• Can someone be a bully without meaning to be?
• Which of these is bullying (and why)? Making fun of somebody’s looks.
• Chasing away younger children when they want to play on the swings.
• Accidentally bumping into someone in the hail.
• Calling people names because of the colour of their skin.
• Teasing someone about the clothes he/she wears.
• Telling someone that the hat he’s wearing doesn’t look good on him.
• A group of children won’t let you sit with them at lunch even though there’s room.
• Telling someone that he or she is not being nice. What affect can bullying have on an someone?
• What can you do about bullying?
From the feedback received from the group continue the discussion to an appropriate point letting those that would like to contribute do so before moving on.
The website KidPower’ (www.kidpower.org) asked children what bullying is and came up with this list (type of bullying is in brackets at the end of each quote):
• ‘When another kid tries to hurt or scare you.” (Physical bullying; intimidation)
• ‘When someone says bad stuff about you behind your back.’ (Relational bullying)
• “When someone calls you names or makes fun of you.’ (Emotional abuse)
• “When kids leave you out.’ (Shunning)
• “When kids gang up on you and try to make you give them your money or your stuff.’ (Extortion)
• ‘When someone copies you in a way that makes you look dumb.” (Mimicking)
• ‘When other people say or do things to bother you over and over on purpose.” (Harassment)
• "When someone tries to make you do something that will get you into trouble.’ (Coercion)
• “When someone tries to use their power to make you feel bad.’ (Bullying)
Ask the children if they have ever been bullied or seen someone else being bullied? What did it feel like?
Let the children express themselves and have each other answer so that they can care for each other and build peer support
Sum up by saying Bullying is wrong and is never ok. You should tell someone about it if you feel that you are being bullied. There is always something that can be done about it.
Activity 2 - Worsdearch
Aim: To think about words associated with bullying
Print out the wordsearch template.
This is a good activity to have after the discussion as the children may still want to chat about the issue. Allow them to chat freely as they work on the wordsearch together.
Get the children to think about the context of each of the words.
• What is the value of a friend when you are being bullied?
• How bad is it to bully someone else?
• Why does bullying make people so scared?
• Why should you tell an adult if you are being bullied?
Allow plenty of time for this and follow this activity with a dynamic fun game unrelated to the topic of bullying.
Activity 3 - Dealing With Bullying
Aim: To create a poster to stand up against bullying
Set up a craft table.
The aim of this is to create a poster that stands up against bullying and says that we will not accept it in our group or in the places that we spend time, like school.
What sort of things do you want to say in your poster? We can speak up against bullying and say something like, ‘stop the bullying.’ You can make your point - tell someone about it, don’t try to deal with it on your own. Or you say stick to a group that you trust and stand up for each other against bullying.
Important things to remember for anyone being bullied...
• You are not alone.
• It is not your fault Nobody should be bullied!
• Talk to someone you trust.
• Do not hurt yourself.
• Set a good example, do not bully back.
• Do not let the bully win.
• Be a friend to the person who is being bullied.
You could have a poster competition and have it marked by someone from the church and have a prize and get the poster printed for the building. This will help the children work really hard on their posters.