Anti-Bullying Activities for Kids

Arranging some bullying activities in your school is an effective way to combat a bullying problem. It is not enough for parents and teachers to address individual bullying incidents; in order to prevent bullying from happening in the first place, students need to learn empathy and compassion. They must learn to work together to make school a safe place for everyone. Here are some ideas for anti-bullying activities to try in your school.

  • Institute an Anti-Bullying Week. The idea for Anti-Bullying Week started in the United Kingdom, but it can be a great way to kick off an anti-bullying campaign in your school, as well. Official Anti-Bullying Week is held during the third week in November. Arrange special anti-bullying events throughout the week, and encourage students to participate in anti-bullying activities.
  • Classroom Role Play. Role plays can be an effective way to help students see things from a different perspective. Write down some different bullying scenarios on small pieces of paper. Divide students into pairs or small groups. Have students choose a paper at random, then have them role play the scenario they've chosen. When the scene ends, have them switch roles. 
  • Anti-Bullying Brainstorming. Discuss certain bullying situations with your students. Ask them what they would do if they were involved in, or witnessed, that situation. For example, ask your student to imagine that they witnessed the new girl at school being called names by a clique of more popular girls. Have them brainstorm possible solutions, such as telling a teacher, befriending the new girl, etc.
  • Have a "Mix it Up at Lunch" Day. Mix it Up at Lunch is a project started by the Teaching Tolerance program of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The designated day is November 10, 2009, but you can do this activity at any time. The idea is the have students mix up their social groups in the cafeteria, sitting with different kids. There is more information about how to have a successful "mix it up" day at www.tolerance.org.
  • What's Bullying? For younger students especially, it can be difficult to know just what bullying is. It can be helpful to have a list of scenarios, such as grabbing a toy from someone, calling someone hurtful names, accidentally tripping someone, refusing to let someone join a game, etc., and have students decide which are bullying and which are not. Once you have determined what bullying is, discuss bullying solutions to prevent or remedy the situations.

Bullying prevention should be ongoing. It is important for students and teachers alike to realize that bullying is not a normal part of childhood. It is up to everyone, students, teachers and administrators alike, to put a stop to bullying in our schools.

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