Anti-Bullying Activities for High School Students

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Bullying can be disastrous for students, destroying their sense of self-worth. We can address it directly by involving our students in anti-bullying activities in the classroom. Here are just a couple of ideas to get you started.

High School Anti-Bullying Activities

Bullying remains a major problem in schools across the world. The impact it has on kids is huge. At the very least, it significantly reduces confidence and self-esteem, but at the worst it can lead to self-harm and suicide. We must do everything that we can to prevent bullying in all its manifestations. It is, therefore, important to address it directly in a school or classroom setting. There are many ways you can do that in a fun, interactive way, that gets students involved. Here are just a few anti-bullying activities, appropriate for high school students.

Movie Analysis

The way bullying is portrayed in the media can have an important effect on society as a whole. Even when you don't realize it, watching movies causes you to receive all kinds of implicit messages. For this activity, have students analyze how bullying is treated in various movies. Examples of movies that work well include Wreck-It Ralph, Billy Elliot, A Christmas Story, Harriet the Spy, or even Mean Girls.

Students can watch these movies and analyze whether the bullying was addressed properly, what message it is trying to send (if any), and what implicit messages about bullying it sends. Students can ask themselves if the bullying issue was resolved, and whether things worked out well for the person who is bullied, as well as the bully his or herself.

Bullying Action Plan

For this activity, you can give students a lot of freedom to lead the way. After spending some time studying bullying, its major consequences, and the ways they can advocate for their peers, have students put together a series of action plans. They can start by creating an individual action plan for what they will do if, and when, they witness bullying themselves. Then, they can work in groups to create an action plan for the school as a whole. What can the school do to reduce or prevent bullying? How can students create an engaging campaign to get the whole school behind the issue? You'll be amazed at some of the things your students come up with.

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