Think about a time you said something hurtful to someone else. How did you make things right with that person later on?
Think about a time when you saw someone being bullied. Did you step in and stick up for the person? Why or why not?
Do you think there's a difference between saying something mean and bullying someone? Do you think words are more hurtful when they're written or spoken out loud? Explain your answers.
Are you surprised that it was a teenager who came up with a cyber-solution for cyberbullying? Why or why not? How do you think her product might be different-or even more effective-if it had been invented by an adult?
- As a class, define the word bully. Then have students think about a time they've been bullied, seen someone else being bullied or heard about instances when someone was bullied online. Rather than having students describe the incidents, ask them if they wish they'd handled the situation differently.
- Point out that bullying is hard on everyone involved. Those being bullied may not know how to stick up for themselves. Those bullying may not know how to stop. And those who see it happen may be torn between stepping in and stepping away.
- Tell students that the best way to deal with a stressful situation like this is to have a plan. Better yet, stop the bullying before it even starts. Encourage students to discuss how the ReThink software, which they read about in the article, helps do just that.
- Have students brainstorm ideas about how to prevent bullying in your school. Encourage them to think about this problem from all perspectives-the bully, the bullied and those who observe these acts taking place. Then have students create an anti-bullying program or design an app that will help prevent bullying in your school. If you wish, invite the school counselor to join the class as you complete this activity.
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Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn about a study that linked bullying during childhood to higher instances of psychological disorders.
This Smithsonian Learning Lab collection was created to use in an after-school club when discussing bullying and prevention.
Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn about a study that says bullying may be nature, not nurture.
In Nazi Germany, when bullying, discrimination and violence became everyday realities for Jewish children, Leonore Goldschmidt defies the system and opens her own private school for Jewish youth. Watch this Smithsonian Channel video to see how she did it.
In this lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, students will design a sign intended to foster positive human relations. Through this activity, they will see that social interactions between people function more smoothly when respect and manners are used.
In this eight-lesson unit from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, high school students are challenged to explore the link between who they are (personal identity) and how they’re known (their name). Then they will investigate, examine and analyze fonts through lessons that explore type and its characteristics. Based on what they learned, students will design their name in a way that reflects their personality.
Nearly one in three kids with food allergies has been bullied because of it, often with the food they’re allergic to. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn more.