Bullying is a hot topic in schools today — and with good reason. Taunts, gossip, and violence can have a lasting impact on students. Real Life Drama gives students an overview of the topic, then equips them with four strategies to stop bad guys (and girls) in their tracks.
By the end of this session, students will know how to use four nonviolent strategies to resist bullying.
We begin with a boys-versus-girls trivia contest that reviews key facts about bullying. Then we teach four strategies that students can use when they encounter a bully, whether the offender is picking on them or on a classmate.
1. STOP: Have courage to tell the bully to stop.
2. LEAVE: Don’t listen to trash talk. Just walk away.
3. TELL: Tell an adult you trust what happened.
4. FRIEND: Hang out with people who care about you.
We show a short film called “The New Girl” about a student who’s new to her school. Unfortunately, she’s intentionally excluded from a group when she tries to make new friends. Discussion questions help students relate the lessons of the story to their own lives.
Students practice open-ended scenes that depict real-life bullying scenarios. Their goal is to use a bullying prevention strategy we’ve discussed to bring the scene to a successful conclusion.
We remind students that they have the power to make their school a better place when they stop bullies.