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Empower Children. Eliminate Bullying

  • Level : From 11 to 14
  • Key competencies : Initiative and entrepreneurship / Social and civic
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  • Objectives

    The students improve their social and emotional skills.
    The students learn to express themselves.
    The students understand the mechanisms of bullying.
    The students take initiative to stop bullying.

  • Process

    Before the project the teachers of the participating schools can create the right environment by sharing a Learning Agreement with the pupils. In the Learning Agreement all participants agree on basic elements of respect.

    Activity 1: Emotions
    The students give a simple and anonymous overview of their emotions related to different situations during the day/week. They make use of smileys. The teachers of the different classes discuss the general results of their own class and compare with the other classes of the project. What changes or triggers your mood? Why is it important to understand your own feelings and the feelings of others? Example tool: http://bit.ly/trackmood.

    The first activity finishes with a collaboration activity. The teachers give their students a ‘mood’ to express with a selfie (e.g. fear, happiness, boredom etc.). All participating classes add their pictures to the same Padlet board or TwinSpace forum and afterwards pupils find the matching moods.

    Activity 2: Reflecting on Bullying
    In this activity the pupils create a definition of bullying and focus on the different roles within a bullying context.

    The students discuss in small groups situations where bullying takes place. Afterwards the teacher leads a discussion and he/she maps the different bullying types, the reasons and the different roles within a bullying context. (Roles: bully, victim, bystander, upstander, cheerleader, stirrer, admirer, sheep, joker)

    Afterwards the pupils and teachers create a definition of bullying.

    Later on the groups create and play a short scene in which bullying takes place. The different scenes are to be recorded. In the scenes (some of) the different bullying role types should be included.

    The movie clips of the different schools are shared, watched and commented by other participants.

    Activity 3: Tackle Bullying
    The class is divided in groups of 3, with 1 device per group. The different groups discuss the popping-up dilemmas created with the tool All Our Ideas (http://allourideas.org) and then make their choice. With the free tool All Our Ideas, a ranking of quotes will be made. Example: http://bit.ly/hurtsmost. Teachers can create their own set of quotes in their own language. The schools can compare the rankings and comment on them.

    Afterwards the students have a look at the following scenes: http://bit.ly/bullypics. They analyse the different scenes and make suggestions on how to react and how to tackle bullying. The ideas of the different schools are brought together on the TwinSpace.

    Activity 4: Pledge
    The final activity of the project is the creation of a pledge. Example: http://bit.ly/nobullypledge.
    The different participating class groups brainstorm on items that should be part of the pledge. The pupils create and design a personal, creative pledge and sign it. The partners of the project share pictures of the pledges.

  • Evaluation

    The students use a means similar to that used in activity 1 (smileys Mood Tracker) to evaluate the different parts of the project.

  • Follow-up

    As a follow up, the class groups can present the highlights of the project to the school community.