This lesson encourages students to consider the differences between banter and bullying, and to examine their own behaviours when it comes to teasing their friends. Banter is quite often used an excuse or defense for unpleasant behaviour, and so it’s important for students to understand when they or their friends have crossed a line.
This lesson explores the root causes of bullying behaviour and encourages students to reflect on why people feel the need to bully others. It pushes high ability students to consider potential methods of combatting bullying through tackling the root causes.
Research shows that bullying is often a reaction to stress and trauma, with many perpetrators having been bullied in the past. To break this vicious cycle, we look at healthier ways to channel stress and deal with trauma.
One of the biggest challenges facing those who are bullied is that they feel that they are to blame. This lesson looks to change that story - allowing students to recognise that there is no such thing as normal, and as such we shouldn’t be expected to conform to unfair, unrealistic or unnecessary standards.
When young people feel empowered to act, great change happens. Students should leave this lesson with a practical toolkit of responses to bullying, a sense of responsibility and motivation to begin taking positive and compassionate actions.
Nearly half of all young people experience bullying whilst growing up, which can have catastrophic consequences on their health and wellbeing.
This resource introduces a series of lessons which address some of the common root causes and allow students to reflect on the role they can play in tackling bullying behaviour.