Anti-bullying is a topic that should be approached in any group setting, no matter the age group. Bullying has become a prevalent problem in society, and its consequences can be severe at times. Anti-bullying activities done with a team will give everyone an opportunity to learn what it feels like to be bullied. In addition, these activities will help team members learn how to address a bully if they ever come across one.
One activity to help teach teams about the problems surrounding bullying is to have the members act out different scenarios. These scenarios will force one person to be the victim, another to be the bully and another person to be a bystander. After the scenarios have been acted out, ask the different members how they felt about each role. In addition, ask the rest of the audience to dissect the skit and explain ways the situation could have been handled differently.
Stand Up Plan
Have the team come up with a stand up to bullies plan. In this activity have the team members discuss traits and characteristics of bullies. Ge different team members to contribute ways in which a bully should be dealt with by a witness or a bystander. Display this plan in the locker room or gathering area so it reminds team members the importance of treating everyone on the team with respect.
Playing the Bully Card
This activity is similar to role play, however it requires a team member to read aloud and explain the card he has been given. Some teammates in this activity will receive a bully card, while others will receive a stand up card. A person who has a bully card will read an example of an action that is considered bullying. Subsequently, someone with a stand up with a stand up card and recite a reaction that would be appropriate for the situation at hand.
Another way to get to the heart of bullying is to have team members discuss a time that they were involved in a bullying activity. This could mean they were doing the bullying, or were being bullied. In addition, a team member could explain a time when she witnessed a bullying action. Have the team members share stories with one another, and discuss things their teammates did well or could improve on in future situations.
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