Defining Friends and Bullies


definingbulliesThis lesson helps kids to become aware of their choices and how they can be perceived as a friend or a bully.

Objective: The learner will understand what behaviors friends engage in versus which ones bullies choose to do by creating webs of each and comparing them.

Materials: “What do friends do?” and “What do bullies do?” worksheet for each child. Chart paper, white board or electronic whiteboard.

Procedure:

  • Write the following on chart paper, white board or electronic whiteboard.
  • Ask students for ideas of what either a friend or a bully does. Fill in a bubble or two on board.
  • Pass out worksheets. Ask students to fill in more ideas. Monitor their progress.
  • When most of them are finished ask students to share responses. Fill in more bubbles on chart.
  • Explain that friends seek to make others feel good whereas bullies have the goal of inflicting harm.
  • List the four kinds of bullies with examples under each heading on the board.

Verbal
Physical
Social
Cyber
Cruel Words
Hurting Bodies
Excluding
Text
Name Calling
Pushing
Gossip
MySpace
Intimidation
Touching
Email
Facebook

 

  • Ask children to add any new bubbles they may have come up with to their charts.

Evaluation: Were children able to distinguish between bullying and friend behaviors?

Follow up: Whenever there are cases of either bullying the teacher can remind students of what it means to be a friend.

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