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Teaching About Bullying

Teaching Objectives

  1. Students will know the school and classroom rules and consequences of bullying
  2. Students will know the definition of bullying
  3. Students will be able to identify bullies, targets, and bystanders
  4. Students will know resources and skills to help themselves
  5. Students will know resources and skills to help their friends and peers

Classroom Suggestions

  • Provide a confidential sharing/suggestion box where students can share information about bullying anonymously.
  • Invite speakers (principal, security officer, counselor, other students, parents, etc.) to talk about bullying (such as their personal experiences with bullying, why it is important not to bully, etc.) to the class.
  • Create rules and consequences about bullying and post them in a visible place in the classroom. Allow students to help make the rules/consequences as appropriate. Review them with students regularly, and share them with parents.
  • Brainstorm the different places and people that kids can go to for help, and post them where kids can see them.
  • Use drama and role-playing to help students learn to manage different and challenging social situations.
  • Incorporate reading materials, audio-visual materials, journal assignments, special projects, etc., where students can learn more about bullying and the importance of respecting self and others.
  • Have students research different periods in history when various types of bullying occurred (and the consequences).
  • Have students suggest problem scenarios and assign small groups to come up with different ways to solve the problems.
  • Have students take positive notes throughout the day about pro-social behaviors they have observed in others and have them acknowledge these behaviors to others.