A conflict resolution toolbox for K-12 teachers and students.
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Break students into pairs and have them share with one another examples of times they have experienced or witnessed bullying. Remind students to keep their discussions confidential.
What kind of response was made? By other students? By adults?
How did the people involved feel both during and after the bullying?
Bring group back together and ask if anyone wants to share out their own experiences. Students should ONLY share details of their partner’s experience if they have received permission from their partner to do so.
Ask your students: What kinds of effects can bullying have on people, including everyone involved in the bullying and the community of which they are a part? Examples: students afraid to attend school, health problems. A good resource for effects on everyone involved, including people who bully and bystand, can be found here: http://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/effects/
Have each set of partners from the activity above pair up with another set of partners and draw maps of their schools, focusing on where bullying occurs, including cyberbullying.
Have each group share out their maps.
Discuss with students what can be done to make these areas safe. You could take notes and provide the recommendations to your administration.