Activity: Explore the website
Activities to help students understand and navigate around the department's anti-bullying information.
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The following activities have been developed to encourage students to explore and use the information provided in the student section of the department's antibullying site.
The activities can be adapted for use with primary or secondary aged students and completed by individuals and/or groups of students. Activities provided relate to the entire student section as well as discrete sections of the antibullying site.
Activities for the student section
Break the class into six groups and allocate each group a page of the student section of the anti-bullying site.
Each group explores their allocated section to create a poster with key information they find. Groups then present their poster to the rest of the class. Follow up could include:
- displaying posters around the school
- presenting posters at school assembly
- photographing posters for the school website and newsletters.
Look through the student section of the antibullying site. Design a quiz, game (such as bingo) or true/false activity using information you find.
Students work in pairs to research the student section of the website to complete these activities:
- On which page is ‘The Upstander’ video located?
- Who are the bystanders in the ‘The Upstander’ video and can you give examples of ‘bystander’ behaviours?
- Find two examples of upstander behaviour found on the ‘I’ve seen someone being bullied’ page.
- List different ways that someone might be bullied and how an upstander might respond.
- What strategies could you use from the student section of the website if you are bullied?
Activities for the ‘Student – What is bullying?’ section
Create a short story, a cartoon or make a video about what bullying is and what it is not. Check the definitions for What is bullying? on the website.
Make a short video that investigates popular social networking applications that students are using. Interview students, parents and teachers about social media and how they stay safe online. Refer to our Social networking and gaming applications page to get you started.
Activities for the ‘Student – I’m being bullied’ section
What is the difference between ‘dobbing’ and seeking help for a bad situation? Some ideas to get you started can be found on the I'm being bullied student page.
If you feel someone is trying to bully you, there are lots of things you can try to make the behaviour stop and/or get support. Read through the suggestions on the I'm being bullied student page, and describe which you would use, and why.
Using the strategies you came up with in the last activity; create a poster, book, cartoon or other visual representation of how a person can effectively respond to bullying. Refer to the I'm being bullied and I've seen someone bullied student pages for ideas.
Bullying can affect people in different ways. Look on the website for ideas about how someone being bullied might feel and what can be done about it. Draw and cut out a heart shape and write words describing how you might feel if you are being bullied. Trace around your hand and cut out a hand shape. On each finger list one strategy you can use to try to stop bullying.
Activities for the ‘Student – I’ve been called a bully’ section
Sometimes people aren’t aware that their behaviour is regarded as bullying. What are some steps you can take to repair friendships if you have been called a bully? Refer to our student page I've been called a bully.
Have a look at the diversity poster. Design your own poster to promote support for diversity.
Activities for the ‘Student – I’ve seen someone bullied’ section
Bystanders play an important role in bullying situations. If you see bullying and feel confident enough to take safe action, there’s an increased chance that the bullying will stop. Everyone plays a role in bullying situations, even if they are only witnesses to the behaviour. Watch ‘The Upstander’ video and discuss the story. Create a mind map on the board with the title ‘The Upstander’.
- What do you think the title means?
- What do you think an upstander is?
- Who is the upstander in the video?
There are lots of ways that bystanders can help, without putting themselves in danger. Write some scenarios of how a bystander's actions helped someone being bullied. Refer to the I've seen someone bullied student page for some ideas.