Bullying Scenarios for Classroom Role Plays

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Bullying is a reality in our students' lives. Some never feel it personally and just witness it; others are victims. This lesson offers bullying scenarios for students to role-play to gain deeper understanding of the act of bullying.

Where to Find Bullying

The image of the 'school bully' is ingrained into social conscience. We often think of bullying as being a school life issue, but with the onset of social media, even school-initiated bullying can continue throughout the day for victims. The scene of bullying for students can be at school, in the neighborhood, or even online.

This lesson offers role-playing scenarios for groups of 3-5 students to act out bullying situations. Encourage students to alternate the roles of bully, victim, and support/witnesses.

It is important to note that an activity like this can lead to subtle bullying right in the classroom. Be aware of any student that appears agitated or withdrawn during the exercise.

Bullying Scenarios in School

School is a prime place for bullying activity because students spend such a large portion of their time there. Students have plenty of opportunities to conduct bullying activities outside of the watch of supervising staff. Even though school is often thought of as a safe place, it is useful for students to realize that for people who are bullied, school can be a very scary place.

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