Kids know bullying is bad, but they don’t always have the tools or skills to deal with it when it happens. These nine discussion prompts will get your students thinking about many aspects of bullying, including the effects on all parties involved, who they can reach out to for help, and how they can help put an end to bullying. Use your students’ answers to guide them to become upstanders.
- Talk about a time you helped someone who was being bullied.
- Name three things you can do to end the bullying.
- What do you think is the difference between teasing and bullying? Is teasing ever okay? If so, when?
- Talk about a person in your life who is an ally to you—someone who stands up for you or supports you.
- What are some effects of bullying on bystanders (people who witness or know about bullying)?
- Name three adults who could help you if you are bullied or witness bullying.
- What are some effects of bullying on those who bully?
- Empathy means understanding how other people feel. How do you think things would be different if everyone had lots of empathy?
- Talk about bullying or mean behavior you have seen on TV or in other media. Do you think scenes like this affect the way kids act? Why or why not?
For more bullying prevention tips and strategies, plus activities and scenarios to promote conversations with kids about bullying, check out Bully Free Zone® In a Jar®: Tips for Dealing with Bullying.
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