Aim: To increase young people’s awareness of bullying and to develop strategies and an anti-bullying policy. Activity I Introduction: Bullying is a topic that will be familiar to most of the young people. Schools will have policies and it is important that at BB all young people feel valued and not the victim of bullying. Taken from the BB Company Section Discoverer Pro Pack, Recreation, Health and Lifestyle L5
• ‘Bullying...’ template
• A4 paper
• ‘Why do some people bully?’ template
Activity 1 - Bullying is...
Aim: To think about what bullying Is.
• Distribute the Bullying...’ template.
• On the sheet there are many statements related to bullying. Young people should indicate if they think the statement is correct or not. Some will have clear cut answers, but others are more open and may only be true some ot the time.
• After the sheet tell the young people that bullying can take several forms; verbal, social, material, mental and physical.
• Have these words written on 5 separate sheets. Invite the group to go around and write examples, if they are able, under the words.
• Bullying happens between one person and another where some form of abuse of power is used to hurt or reject someone. It is different from fighting” which can be a one-off way of dealing with conflict. Bullying has much in common with harassment and intimidation.
• Bullying can be:
Verbal — name calling, offensive comments
Social — not spoken to, excluded from activities
Material — possessions are stolen or damaged
Mental — pressure to conform is applied
Physical — assault
• Discuss whether bullying is action repeated over a long time or whether it can be a one off incident.
Activity 2 - Bullied or Bully
Aim: To explore the reasons behind bullying.
• Ask the young people why they think people are bullied.
• Often they will cite because of people being different in some way, but sometimes there appears to be no given reason.
• Complete the ‘Why do some people bully? template and discuss.
• Ask whether anyone has been the victim of bullying or has ever bullied. Have we ever stood by and let someone be bullied.
• Explore the reasons.
Tips / Advice:
Be aware of individual sensitivities.
Activity 3 - What Can We Do ?
Aim: To develop an anti-bullying policy which can be used In the group.
• Talk about what you can do if you are a victim of bullying — why do victims often keep it a secret?
• Explain that at US everyone should be treated with respect. Are there examples of where this might not happen?
• Devise an anti-bullying policy. It might be best to do this as a group looking at the six items below:
1. How can everyone be more aware of the problem of bullying?
2. What standards are expected in your group?
3. How can you enforce these standards?
4. What process is there for dealing with these situations?
5. What action is required by leaders?
6. What support can be provided by young people?
• Think about how this policy can be shared with other young people and become a reality.