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Anti Bullying

Teacher Guide by Patrick Healey

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Student Activities for Bullying Include:

One in five students each year are bullied in some way, shape, or form (NCES 2016). The impact of bullying on the victim is immense, usually leading to increased anxiety, depression, and loss of interest. These effects usually continue into teenage years and adulthood. It’s imperative to talk about this with your students.

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Bullying in School

Bullying has been a prolonged problem throughout the adolescent years. When talking about this with parents it may be swept under the rug or seen as a part of growing up. Being integrated in the educational system, we can see first hand the impact bullying has on vulnerable youth. Children need a safe learning environment where they can develop interpersonal skills without fear of ridicule.

Addressing a complicated issue like bullying will not resolve the problem in a day or one lesson. It should be the topic of discussion throughout a child’s educational experience. The following activities can be modified and adapted for different developmental levels. These activities will challenge students to emphasize with a victim, practice realistic scenarios, and engage the students visually with terminology.


Essential Questions for Bullying

  1. What is bullying?
  2. What are the long-term effects on a victim of bullying?
  3. Why do bullies oppress their victims?

Bullying Lesson Plans, Student Activities and Graphic Organizers

Bullying Vocabulary


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When covering important topics it is essential for all students to understand common terminology so that everyone is on the same page with content. When students define words in their own terms using visuals, it helps students get their perspective across and better retain information. Other activities throughout this guide will refer back to these terms: Verbal Bullying, Cyber Bullying, Physical Bullying, Social Bullying, and Intimidation.


Bullying Vocabulary Examples

Verbal Bullying

Verbal bullying uses words directed at an individual or group with the intention to harm them.


Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is using media outlets or devices to harm others.


Social Bullying

Social bullying involves attacking a person in front of a person or group.


Intimidation

Intimidation is causing fear or anxiety to the victim.


Bullying Vocabulary

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Student Instructions

Demonstrate your understanding of the different types of bullying by creating visualizations.


  1. Click "Use this Template" from the assignment.
  2. Choose three to five terms used in class and type them into the titles. Add cells if necessary.
  3. Illustrate the meaning of the word in each cell using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Finally, type your own definition of each word in the description box.
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  5. Save and submit the assignment. Make sure to use the drop-down menu to save it under the assignment title.


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Timeline of the Victim


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An important aspect for students to recognize when it comes to bullying is the fact that our words have consequences. When victims are bullied, they are experiencing fear, anxiety, and lowered self-esteem. This can lead to victims changing their behaviors and interests to make sure that they are in a safe situation. Often times this ends with isolation and a loss of previous interests, like sports, clubs, socializing.

This can also lead to more extreme outcomes. When victims feel like they are not accepted, they may develop dangerous habits to help cope with this stress. This may manifest as addiction, an eating disorder, or even self harm. Activities like the ones shown can help students visualize the impact of their words by helping them to think before they speak. The goal of this activity is to prevent bullying. After the students complete their work, have a discussion of how the long-term effect can persist into adulthood.

Timeline of the Victim

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard showing the impact of being a bullying victim in both the short term and the long term.


  1. Create a three-cell timeline with dates.
  2. In the first cell, create a example of bullying.
  3. In the second cell, create an image of how that has affected the victim in the short term.
  4. In the third cell, create an image of how that has affected the victim in the long-term.
  5. Save and submit the assignment. Make sure to use the drop-down menu to save it under the assignment title.


  6. Blank Timeline Template

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What Should Amy Say?


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At times students will be a bystander to someone being bullied. They will be faced with the decision to either stand by and watch or step up and stop it. We want our students to not accept that bullying is a norm, none of their business, or think, "At least it’s not me." This activity will allow students to practice stepping up to bullying. The provided example will show two types of bullying, cyberbullying and social bullying. The students are going to have to show how they can step up as Amy, our main character, in the scenarios. Please feel free to adjust the examples to fit your needs. The goal of this activity is to give students the confidence to stand up in tough situations.

What Should Amy Say Example

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Student Instructions

You’ll be stepping up to bullying with Amy while creating storyboards!


  1. Click "Use this Template" from the assignment.
  2. Read the bullying scenarios that have been done for you.
  3. Have Amy step up and stop the bullying in the next cells.
  4. In the third column, create what the reaction should be from Amy’s peer.
  5. Save and submit the assignment. Make sure to use the drop-down menu to save it under the assignment title.


  6. What Should Amy Say?

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How Cyber Bullying and Reality Differ


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Cyberbullying and verbal bullying sound different. What is said online usually would never be said out loud, especially to the victim's face. There are many contributing factors to this difference, including not being seen while typing takes away some perceived guilt of the bully. For the bully, he or she may feel like what they are saying or doing is not a big deal. They may not recognize any consequences for their actions. Also, not seeing the damage of your words can also take away from the impact of what is said. When texting, posting on social media, etc., there is an instant gratification bullies can feel from attacking others. These are all important concepts for teens to understand while they use technology. This activity will help them self discover these ideas.

This activity is a perfect discussion starter. Ask students open questions like: would you cut someone in line of the grocery store? The students should all say no. Then ask them why do people in cars cut each other off then? The student usually list reasons like, they can’t see your face, etc. Finally ask them, do these reasons make cyberbullying easier too?

Reality Vs Cyber

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Student Instructions

You will be creating and analyzing cyberbullying and verbal bullying situations.


  1. Click "Use this Template" from the assignment.
  2. In the CYBER column, create two examples of cyberbullying.
  3. In the second column, take those same words from the cyberbully, and make a verbal bullying scenario.
  4. In the EXPLANATION column, explain two reasons why it is easier to say harsher comments online as opposed to in person.
  5. Save and submit the assignment. Make sure to use the drop-down menu to save it under the assignment title.


  6. Cyber vs Reality

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The Crowd You're Around


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Sometimes students need to stop and listen to what their friends are really saying. Being surrounded by positive people can be beneficial and motivate you. On the other hand, if you’re around negative people, they could bring you down. This activity is going to ask students to create what they hear from their friends. They will have a reflection cell where they will show how they feel when thinking about what they hear. Hopefully your students will produce all positive cells because we want them to have positive people around them. For those who do not, the important piece is their reflection.
The Crowd You're Around

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Student Instructions

At times we need to stop and listen to what our friends are saying around us. You’ll be creating a storyboard representing examples of what you hear daily, positive or negative.


  1. Create a traditional storyboard with four cells.
  2. In the first three cells, show common things your friends say, either good or bad.
  3. In the last cell, create a reflection of your thoughts on what your friends say.
  4. Make sure your facial expressions represents the feeling you get when you hear these words.
  5. Save and submit the assignment. Make sure to use the drop-down menu to save it under the assignment title.


  6. Blank 6 Cell Narrative

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Additional Bullying Lesson Plan Ideas

  1. Why do bullies bully? Students create a few cells showing reasons why people bully others (example: own insecurities).
  2. Empathy - Students fill in blank cells showing the effect of bullying and positive comments.
  3. Walk a Mile in Others' Shoes - Students create stories of people who are common victims of bullying to humanize victims.
  4. Students create Anti-Bully PSA posters.

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