This book of 56 activities will help professionals to work through bullying issues with young people and address the underlying causes.
The content covers:
- The impact of the group
- Social settings
- Peer groups
- Restorative work
- Conciliation work
The activities cover the range of bullying behaviours that can be seen in educational settings including:
- Considering whether a student is exhibiting bullying behaviours
- The role of the bystander and how those behaviours are contributory or not
- The perception of bullying as a behaviour choice
- The impact of bullying upon others.
The 56 activities include:
- Exploring the Concept: Am I a Bully? – This is an assessment activity to guide students through self-reflection
- It’s in the Throw of the Dice – Using a dice as a stimulus students discuss what constitutes bullying behaviour
- Mirror, Mirror on the Wall – This allows each student to explore how their behaviour is seen by other students
- Just Bin it – This activity gives students power over the language of taunts and jibes and allows the student to symbolically dispose of them
- Stop, it’s in Your Hands – This will show students that they have the power to help themselves in staying safe
- Choose Me – This activity explores whether students recognise a true description of themselves and how they feel about that description
- Put Yourself in Their Shoes – This is an activity exploring the concept of empathy as they put themselves in the victim’s shoes
- See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil – This activity is for students who may find themselves in situations as bystanders, to develop an understanding about bullying behaviours
- The Feelings Puzzle – This activity looks into the feelings, confidence and self-esteem of the victims and the support they may need
- Confidence: My Story – This activity explores how being bullied can feel and how to move forward
Each activity is laid out with an activity objective, an intended audience, activity instructions and how to end the activity. All of the activities have accompanying activity sheets. Most of the activities can be used discretely as stand-alone activities. However, one or two run consecutively e.g. baseline assessment and subsequent reassessment. Therefore the activities can be selected to address a particular need with a student.
Ultimately the book seeks to enhance the emotional well-being of young people as we move towards helping them to manage powerful emotions intelligently.
A4 ringbound 74-page book – photocopiable
The four authors are: Stephanie George who is a teacher, trainer and author. Stephanie has been responsible for the training and development of Learning Mentors since their inception and regularly runs courses and INSET on all aspects of mentoring practice in schools. Patricia St Louis has over 15 years of experience supporting learners in both primary and secondary settings, her specialism is supporting the transition from ages 14-18. Jeba Begum is an English graduate who mentors and supports students with issues relating to cyber bullying and social media. Jacqueline Morrison is a Psychology and Counselling graduate and specialises in Social Skills Groups with students aged 11-14.