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2014 National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

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Posted on March 18, 2014 - by Teach Starter


Friday the 21st of March 2014 is Australia’s National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, which presents a great opportunity to talk to your students or children about bullying and the repercussions of it.

Bullying is a global problem that needs to be addressed not only by teachers and schools, but also within the home.

Friday the 21st of March 2014  is Australia’s National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, which presents a great opportunity to talk to your students or children about bullying and the repercussions of it.

Last year, we put together a list of useful anti-bullying resources, including videos and activities, to share with your students and children.

One of those activities was the crumpled paper activity.

Crumpled Paper Activity

The crumpled paper activity has been widely publicised as a great way to visually depict the scars left behind from bullying.

Paula – A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and
gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a
piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stamp on it and really mess it up
but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look
at how scarred and dirty is was. She then told them to tell it they’re sorry. Now
even though they said they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed
out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no
matter how hard they tried to fix it. That is what happens when a child bullies
another child, they may say they’re sorry but the scars are there forever. The
looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit
home.” ~ Buzzfeed: Awesome bullying lesson from a New York teacher 

Here’s a selection of resources to encourage your students to respect one-another:

For more information about how you can teach your students about bullying, visit the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence Website.


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