RMY09: Bullying

Duration15 minutes
Learning ObjectivesTo understand bullying is never okay and everyone has a role to play in stopping it.
Tools/materials for the PresenterRural Minds Youth PowerPoint – Bullying
Lesson ComponentsBullying is a persistent, intentional, and continual behaviour that negatively impacts someone else’s life. It can take many forms, including: physical, verbal, social, or online.
Physical bullying is where someone uses actions like hitting, pushing, kicking, scratching, or damaging or stealing someone’s belongings.
Verbal bullying includes things like name calling, or making comments about someone’s weight, body image, race, culture, or religion – anything that distinguishes that person from others.
Social bullying is when harmful or embarrassing information or material (like a photo) is shared amongst a group without consent. Consistently excluding someone from a group is also a form of social bullying.
Cyberbullying is where the bullying occurs online. The person might receive texts, DMs, or comments similar to verbal bullying, but it occurs online.
There are a lot of reasons someone might be a bully. They might be
jealous, trying to fit in, have been bullied themselves, like to be in control, or have low self-esteem. They might not even know they are doing it. Whatever the reason, bullying is never okay and everyone has a role to play in stopping it.
In almost all cases, there are other people who know about the bullying. These people are called bystanders.
It is critical that bystanders become upstanders by stepping in to stop the bullying. Standing up for someone who is being bullied takes courage, but is often enough to break the cycle.
Discussion question – how would you stand up for someone who is being bullied (relate back to the initial roleplay in the hook video)?
Key messagesBullying – the persistent, intentional, and continual behaviour of
having a negative impact on someone else’s life
There are many types of bullying – physical, verbal, social and
cyber
Everyone has a role to play to stop bullying.
Bystanders need to become upstanders
ReflectionPut the Dolly’s Dream (call or text 0488 881 033) and Kids Help Line
(1800 55 1800) phone numbers into your phone.