Bullying Prevention Lesson Plan: If You've Bullied Others
This lesson focuses on helping kids who have bullied or who are bullying recognize that they can change.
- review the three roles in the bullying cycle
- assess themselves to see if they’ve been bullying others
- learn ways to help themselves stop if they’ve been bullying someone
- Chart paper and marker
- handouts, "Are You Bullying Anyone?" (located at the end of this article) and "Help Yourself Stop Bullying" (Located at the end of this article)
On chart paper, write:
“Three Roles in Bullying
- the person who bullies
- the person who is bullied
- the bystanders”
Ask students: What are the three roles in bullying? Refer to the chart and go over each role. Ask students to define bystander. Emphasize that bystanders play an extremely important role. Bystanders can decide to help or to hurt. Often, bystanders remain silent, which doesn’t help. If they start to laugh, do something to encourage the bully- ing, or join in themselves, they become part of the bullying. Say: But bystanders can transform them- selves into upstanders. How?
Let students know that people may experience all three roles at some point in their lives. Briefly share your own examples of roles you’ve played. Be honest—this helps students be honest, too. Ask which roles students have experienced. Discuss briefly.
Note: Students may be reticent to disclose that they have bullied others. Don’t push or put anyone on the spot.
Refer again to the terms you wrote on chart paper and say: Some people know they bully. Others bully without realizing it, or get drawn in without really meaning or wanting to. Pass out the “Are You Bullying Anyone?” handout and say: This is a quiz you can take home and fill out to figure out if you are bullying anyone. Briefly review the items on the handout together; ask if students have any questions.
Tell students that if they have bullied someone else or are doing it now, today’s session will help them stop.
Pass out “Help Yourself Stop Bullying: What to Do If You’ve Bullied Others” and ask for a volunteer to read the opening paragraph. Ask students how bullying hurts the person who is doing it. Discuss.
One by one, ask for volunteers to read the individual steps to stop bullying. Discuss each briefly, making sure students understand. Invite ideas for ways to own the problem, promise to stop, make amends, give yourself credit, and be part of a solution to the wider problem of bullying. Help kids identify appropriate adults to talk to also.
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