In the jar: 101 cards
Whether you are working with the person being bullied, a bystander, or the person doing the bullying, get the conversation started with Bully Free Zone prompts. I have used this one a lot in therapy. The cards in the jar fall into four different categories:
- Act it out (10 cards) - Kids act out a response to the prompt on the card.
- Talk about it (30 cards) - Everyone shares ideas and personal stories about experiences with bullying.
- What would you do? (30 cards) - Kids imagine themselves in these situations, and describe what they would do.
- Tips (31 cards) - Smart and safe actions kids can take when they or someone else is being bullied.
- Act it out - Apologize for bullying. after teasing another student about his looks, you realize you're acting like a bully. Next time you see him, you decided to apologize.
- Talk about it - What are some effects of bullying on targets (the people who are bullied)?
- What would you do? You hear that someone you thought was a friend has been spreading a cruel and untrue rumor about you. What would you do?
- Tip - Stick up for kids you see being bullied. If bullies see that other kids don't approve of their behavior, they're more likely to stop.
- Let two adults act out the situation(s) while the teens watch if you feel that the teens will not come up with the correct answer or need a positive example to start the interaction.
- Avoid making it all negative, which might be easy to inadvertently do, as no one is a winner when someone is bullied. Try to highlight positive strategies.