Bullying No Way Resources and Activities for Schools

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Join the thousands of students already part of the nationwide movement that is National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) and get ready to take action on Friday 18 March. Australian schools are invited to register now and get involved. This blog is packed with important information and brilliant bullying no way resources and activities to help create safer communities for everyone.

So, how big is the problem of bullying anyway? Research is ongoing, but a study in 2009 revealed that:

  • One in four Year 4 to Year 9 Australian students (that’s 27%) reported being bullied every few weeks or more often.
  • Frequent school bullying was highest among Year 5 (32%) and Year 8 (29%) students.
  • 83% of students who bully others online also bully others in person.
  • 84% of students who were bullied online were also bullied in person.

As you can see, it’s critical that we stand together and take action to create safer communities for everyone. For more facts and figures see the Bullying. No Way! website.

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What is the theme for National Day of Action Against Bullying for 2022?

 

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is a day when schools across Australia unite against bullying and violence The theme for the 2022 NDA is Kindness Culture. A beautiful theme that promotes inclusion, respect and community.

Bullying No Way Activity Ideas for Kids

 

(1) Make Your Own Wrist Bands! 

Your students will love to make their own personalised wrist bands! All you need is strips of purple and orange card and velcro dots! We love the idea of adding a powerful anti-bullying message to wristbands. Don’t miss the opportunity for plenty of class discussion, modelled and shared writing.

Check out our huge collection of persuasive writing teaching resources to help your students write powerful messages on their wrist band. Your students will love making their own posters, banners and flags to take action and help to stamp out bullying.

(2) Anti-Bullying Videos for Kids

This is a short one-minute animated video that is perfect for the younger year levels and introduces the term ‘bullying” to young children.

This next video is a great one for the older year levels. Elvis, the student, narrates a video explaining exactly what behaviour qualifies as bullying and discusses the difference between conflict and bullying.

(3) Have a Class Discussion About Bullying

If nothing else, have an open, honest and upfront discussion about bullying on National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA).

This might sound obvious, but it can be tempting to avoid the topic of bullying because it opens up challenging discussions that are complicated to unpack. To me, a  difficult conversation about bullying is a gift. It’s a chance to open up wounds before they can be healed and a chance to let go of negative experiences.

Have a class discussion and let your students know that they are not alone. Why not take your class discussion outside into the fresh air?

(4) Make a Strong Message Chain

Looking for a quick and easy activity? Why not make an Anti-Bullying paper chain! Encourage your students to write an anti-bullying message on a strip of coloured paper. Then secure them together to show a united stand against bullying.

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(5) Wrinkled Heart Activity

The Wrinkled Heart Activity is a brilliant way to show how bullying and hurtful words can cause irreversible damage and the impact of bullying. Just like a human heart, once a paper heart has been wrinkled, it’s almost impossible to return it to it’s flat and smooth original state.

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“Before you speak, think and be smart. It’s hard to fix a wrinkled heart!”

For lower years, this activity can be in conjunction with children’s book Chrysanthemum written by Kevin Henkes. Chrysanthemum is a thought-provoking tale of a little girl who loves her name and has all the confidence in the world until she starts school.

 

Lower Years Wrinkled Heart Activity

    • Provide each student with a paper heart.
    • Watch Chrysanthemum on YouTube.
    • Encourage your students to listen carefully.
    • When the characters in the story use mean words, encourage your students to scrunch up their paper hearts.
    • Every time Chrysanthemum’s parents use kind words, encourage your students to try and smooth out their paper hearts.
    • As a class, discuss the irreversible damage that harmful words and bullying can cause.

For more information about this activity read Holly’s blog Wrinkled Heart Classroom Activity.

(6) Mindful Communication

Mindful communication is simply being conscious of what you say and how you say it. Being empathetic, tactful, thoughtful, and compassionate when communicating is a learned skill. This can be challenging for primary-aged children to understand, particularly when they are still developing social skills, their vocabularies, interpersonal skills like empathy, as well as finding their own unique voices.

For some great mindful communication activities head to our blog Mindful Communication Activities for Kids.

(7) Dig Deep into Emotions

We have created a Bullying and Resilience Unit to help stamp out bullying and to encourage student resilience. This 9 lesson unit plan includes a teaching presentation to make life easier!

This Personal, Social and Community Health unit introduces five resilience strategies to help students deal positively and effectively with bullying. While this unit has been written with Year 3 and Year 4 students in mind, many lesson ideas, activities and resources are equally suitable for upper grades.

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The unit includes Bullying Role Play Cards, a Resilience Tool Kit Poster, a Resilience Board Game and a Resilience Tool Kit Poster – With Explanations.

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Resilience Tool Kit Poster - With Explanations

A poster to display in the classroom to encourage students to use the five Tool Kit resilience strategies.

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Bullying Role Play Cards

A set of role play cards to use when teaching bullying and resilience through drama.

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Resilience Board Game

A fun board game for students to play when encouraging the use of resilience strategies.

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Resilience Tool Kit Poster

A poster to display in the classroom to encourage students to use the five Tool Kit resilience strategies.

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(8) Bruised Apple Activity

This powerful lesson has been doing the rounds on social media for a while and definitely deserves a place in your plans for regular learning experiences about bullying. By using a tangible symbol (two apples that look the same on the outside but when cut in half reveal the ‘hurt’ inside), students can easily understand the impact of unkind words.

During your lesson, show your students the two apples which look the same and ask them if either one is damaged (based on appearance only). Toss the damaged apple on the ground and tell the students (and the apple!) that this is the bad apple. Praise the other apple, and encourage the students to do the same.

Next, slice each ‘perfect’ apple down the centre and expose the cross-sections. The undamaged apple will be perfect, but the dropped apple will be bruised on the inside, underneath the skin. Use this visual to help students understand that unkind words and actions can and will cause lasting emotional damage, which will remain unseen from the outside.

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