Bullying Awareness Prompts & Resources — Though most kids have been teased or laughed at on occasion, some students have to deal with long-term harassment that is psychologically and physically harmful to their well being.
Bullying is a major epidemic facing today’s schools and children. From stealing someone’s lunch money to spreading rumors online, bullying takes place everywhere—and it’s up to students, teachers, and parents to put an end to it by fostering awareness, tolerance, and kindness.
In these 31 new writing prompts, students will think about the reasons people bully others and the potential ramifications of their actions. They’ll examine their own passive and active involvement in bullying situations and consider what it feels like to be demeaned for who they are or what they love to do.
As students look at bullying from the perspectives of the bully and the victim, they will gain a deeper understanding of the potential repercussions that teasing, name-calling, and fighting can have over time.
31 Writing Prompts for Kids to Improve their Bullying Awareness
Help raise bullying awareness in your classroom today by using the following list of prompts in your anti-bully class curriculum.
- What can you do to put a stop to the culture of bullying?
- How can you support your peers who have been bullied in the past?
- Do you think bullying is more prevalent online or in the classroom? At school or during extracurricular activities?
- When you see someone being bullied, do you feel comfortable going to a teacher or adult for help? Why or why not?
- What is the best way to get someone to stop bullying another person? Should you defend the victim? Start a fight? Make fun of the bully? Why or why not?
- What is the difference between teasing and bullying? How can you tell the difference between them?
- At what point does teasing become bullying? Does the frequency of the behavior play a role?
- Have you ever felt bullied by someone? What made you feel this way?
- Have you ever bullied another person? How did you feel before, during, and after?
- What is the danger of standing around and watching while someone else is bullied?
- What kinds of consequences do kids who are bullied suffer?
- Why is it important to accept people for who they are?
- Do you think there are particular types of attitudes that contribute to bullying? Are there people who think bullying is acceptable? Why or why not?
- In what situations do you and your friends see people bullied? Do you ever try to stop someone from getting bullied?
- How do you feel when someone teases you or gives you a hard time for something you like? Why do you feel this way?
- Are there any risks to standing up for someone who is being bullied? What are they? How do they impact your decision to get involved in a situation?
- Have you ever talked to your parents about bullying? What did they say?
- Write about a time when you stood up for something that you believed in. Was it hard to express an opinion that other people didn’t agree with? Why or why not?
- Write short one-paragraph stories about four different types of bullying. How do you think the people in each story would feel if the behavior lasted for a week? What if it lasted a month? The entire school year?
- Why do you think some people bully others?
- What feeling does the bully get from putting someone else down?
- Come up with an idea for a new way to increase awareness about bullying. How can you help people understand that bullying is a problem?
- Are some types of bullying more harmful than others?
- What would you do if someone tried to bully you?
- What would you do if you saw someone trying to hurt one of your friends? Would you intervene or get an adult to help? Why?
- Have you ever wanted to stand up for someone who was being made fun of? Did you intervene? Why or why not?
- How do you feel when you see someone else being teased?
- Why do you think people have trouble accepting others who are different from them?
- Write about a time when you did something nice for someone because you saw that another person had hurt him or her. What did you do? How did the other person feel afterward?
- How do you think a bullying victim feels when he or she is laughed at, hurt, or degraded?
- How can you encourage other people to be more accepting of those who are different?
When students are more aware of bullying and how harmful it can be to those who are targeted, they’ll be more likely to stand up for their peers when they see someone being victimized. Use these journal prompts to raise awareness and to promote acceptance in your classroom.
More Bully Prevention Resources
- Anti-Bully Resources for Middle School Students
- Anti Bully Programs for Elementary Students
- For more information on bullying and Bullying Awareness month, see PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center’s website.
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The following article from our archives was first published on our blog in August of 2013 and may still be of interest to you today.
Bullying Awareness: What Kids Need to Know about Bullies and Their Victims—
Though students might imagine a bully as someone tough and fit who picks on the smaller, weaker kids, the truth is that anyone can be a bully.
In some cases, a bully might be a popular girl who uses Facebook to harass one of her classmates or a boy who creates a fake online profile to tease an unpopular girl who has a crush on him. A bully might be a young boy who teases another boy for his lack of athleticism or a girl who encourages the class to ignore a student who is new to the school.
Bullies: Who are They
Bullying could come from a single person or an entire group of people—and it may be carried out physically or emotionally. Today, it’s more important than ever before for students to be aware of bullying and the lasting, damaging effects it has on those who are victimized.
Bullying happens everywhere, and it happens frequently. Though you might think that the kids in your classroom get along well, the chances are good that at least one of your students is feeling hurt, lonely, or depressed because he or she is left out or mocked by the other kids.
Many teachers and parents, unfortunately, assume that bullying is just a part of life and they encourage their kids to ignore it or toughen up. But for most kids, ignoring the problem and trying not to let it hurt isn’t really an option. A bully can make his or her victim’s life miserable. Under this type of stress, victimized kids may become depressed, harm themselves, or commit suicide.
Types of Bullying
Students should understand that there are a few different types of bullying:
- Physical bullying includes hitting, shoving, or threatening to harm someone. A physical bully may also steal his or her victim’s belongings or somehow ruin the things in another way.
- Verbal bullying includes teasing, name-calling, and abusive words. Verbal bullies insult and demean their victims, often criticizing the victim’s appearance, intelligence, sexual orientation, religion, race, physical capabilities, or social status.
- Relationship bullying often includes spreading a lie or unkind rumor about a victim either in person or online. A relationship bully may also refuse to talk to the victim and encourage other students to ignore him or her. In some cases, relationship bullying occurs when the bully pressures the victim into doing something that he or she does not want to do.
Bullying has gained attention over the past several years because the Internet enables kids to continue harassing their victims outside of school hours. However, whether bullying takes place in person or online, kids need to know that everyone deserves to be respected for his or choices.
Stop Bullying Resources
Bullying Awareness month is coming up in October. Use the thought below as a guide to design a bully-effects awareness campaign in your classroom:
It’s never okay for one person to make another feel unsafe, hurt, or depressed—and it’s up to students, parents, and teachers to work together to stop bullying.
There are many resources available to help support your bully awareness work. Below is one useful one on how to Bully-Proof your precious child.
Bully-Proof Your Child
Recently, a wonderful resource on Bully Proofing Your Child was brought to my attention. Below are some benefits of Markus’s work.