We are currently dealing with unit 2, which revolves around the topic of ” Respect”. Again, real life brings about challenging perspectives to expand the book approach to the topic. This week has been declared “bullying awareness week ” in many countries, Canada and the UK among others. Learning to respect each other and to respect oneself should be the cornerstone of education. Consequently, schools should provide a bully free environment where everyone could feel supported and safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Here follow some videos and activities that aim at developping your awareness on bullying. We hope they help you take a stand.
The materials that I have uploaded to this post have been taken from a great Canadian site, http://www.bullyingawarenessweek.org/. In November, in Canada they organise a bullying awareness week. Parents, teachers and students collaborate in finding solutions to face this problem.
What is bullying?
Bullying is a form of aggression in which there is an imbalance of power between a student who bullies and a student who is victimized. Bullying is intentional, causes distress and is repeated over time. It can be physical or verbal, direct or indirect. Depending on the context, any one student may play any of the roles that play out in a bullying situation. Therefore, rather than label students “bullies” or “victims,” it is preferable to consider them as “students who bully,” “students who are victimized” and “bystanders.”
In this video we see how important it is not to be a bystander and stand by the people who are bullied
Try this quiz to check what your ideas on bullying are
B u l l y i n g Aw a r e n e s s Q u i z
To answer this quiz, circle the number that best describes how you feel about the statements below.
What the numbers mean:
5 = Agree Strongly
4 = Agree Somewhat
3 = Neither Agree nor Disagree
2 = Disagree Somewhat
1 = Disagree Strongly
0 = Don’t Know
|1. Bullying is one person trying to hurt another with words, hitting or by excluding someone.||0 1 2 3 4 5|
|2. Bullying makes the person who is being bullied feel alone.||0 1 2 3 4 5|
|3. Everyone has the right to feel safe and expect others to help them.||0 1 2 3 4 5|
|4. Silently watching when someone is being bullied is like saying “I accept bullying.”||0 1 2 3 4 5|
|5. Doing nothing when you see someone being bullied adds to the problem.||0 1 2 3 4 5|
|6. I know what to do to help put an end to bullying.||0 1 2 3 4 5|
|7. It takes courage to speak out against bullying, but if we all try, we can put an end to bullying.||0 1 2 3 4 5|
|8. Telling someone who can help such as a teacher, principal, coach or parent is a good way to take a stand against bullying||0 1 2 3 4 5|
|9. You can help someone who is being bullied by going up to them and starting a conversation.||0 1 2 3 4 5|
|10. The best thing to do for someone who is being bullied is to be their friend.||0 1 2 3 4 5|
|11. The point of sticking up for someone who is being bullied is to let them know that they are not alone.||0 1 2 3 4 5|
|12. We all need to take care of one another, kids who bully included.||0 1 2 3 4 5|
Remember that everyone can, under certain circumstances, take any of the three roles described below. These 3 documents are for you to read. Think of them as a check list. Try to answer as honestly as you can. Let’s see if we can make our school a bully free environement.
This is the poster designed by the Canadian organization against bullying, What do you think of it? What would you add? Would you like to contribute by making one? what about translating it to Catalan, Spanish, German and French?
Finally, bullying takes new forms. With the Internet and the spread of mobile phones, nwe forms of bullying have developed. Cyberbullying is gradually becoming more common among teenagers. Similarly, messaging brings about new forms of communication such as sexting. The Internet and the social networks are great tools, but we must be aware of risks . We would like you to share with your thoughts and experiences on bullying by posting your comments to the blog.