Lesson 8

Bullying / Friend Safety


Lesson Goal:

To encourage safety while engaging in activities with fellow classmates, friends, etc.


Lesson Objectives:

  • Identify bullying types of behavior.
  • Choose healthy ways to deal with bullying situations.


Content Standards Addressed: 

Common Core State Standards

National Standards


Bullying and violence in schools have been given lots of attention recently. It is important that children know this is inappropriate behavior and will not be tolerated. At this age name calling and inappropriate touching is usually what is demonstrated. Bullying behaviors involve three plus people - the bully, the target and the bystander. The bystander plays an important role because they can help to stop the behavior by sticking up for the victim or make the situation worse and join the bully. It is important to teach children to help stop bullying behavior, if even it is not happening to them. 

What is a bully and how do they treat others?

  • Someone who is not nice to others.
  • Someone who hits, kicks, punches or hurts others.
  • Someone who calls others names.
  • Someone who takes things from others.
  • Someone who leaves others out of activities.


Where does bullying happen?

  • Hallways.
  • School bus.
  • Classroom.
  • Playground.
  • Walking home.
  • Bathrooms.
  • Anywhere.


Why do bullies treat others this way?

  • Jealousy.
  • It's fun.
  • Power over someone.
  • Want something from that person.
  • Friends encourage you or pressure you into doing it.
  • It's no big deal to the bully.
  • Thought the other person liked it.
  • Way of showing that they liked the other person.


What are the four steps when dealing with a bully?

1. Ignore them.

2. Walk away.

3. Tell them to stop and that you do not like what they are doing.

4. Tell an adult what the problem is and what you have done to try to stop it.



What Would You Do?

Give the participants the following scenarios and have them answer according to the four steps of dealing with bullying, as listed above.

Scenario 1: Sarah is making clay animals with Anne. Some of the other students come over to Sarah and Anne and rip apart the animals they have made with the clay. What should they do?

Scenario 2: Sue and Megan are playing a game of kickball on the playground with other kids. The other kids do not like the fact that Sue and Megan got three outs so quickly, so they start to push and shove Sue and Megan. What should Sue and Megan do?

Scenario 3: Sam and Rob are playing a game and Sam loses. Rob starts to call him a loser and some other names. What should Sam do?

Scenario 4: Some kids at recess are making fun of one of the students who is not as good at sports as the rest of the kids. Pete and Ryan are not involved and feed bad for the student being called names. They do not think that it is OK. What could Pete and Ryan do in this situation to help the student being made fun of?


Bullying in Your School

1. Have the participants write out bullying scenarios different from the What Would You Do? activity.

2. Then have the participants decide what would be the best way to deal with these scenarios.


Journal Entry:

Have children make a journal entry by drawing a picture or writing sentences about the lesson.


Leader's Fast Facts:

1. Bullying on the Internet is known as cyber-bullying.

2. In a 1994 survey of 700 communities, 80 percent of respondents said that violence was a serious problem in classrooms, hallways and playgrounds. ​