The lesson will then discuss what it means to be a friend or bully to somebody else. Multiple examples from a classroom setting are presented to help students recognize bullying when they see it, and to recognize what it means to be a good friend to somebody else.
Once students have practiced recognizing the difference between a buddy and a bully, they are asked to reflect on their own actions and words and think of times when they have made somebody else feel bad. By actively reflecting on how our words and actions affect other people, we can do a better job of making sure we don’t make other people feel bad in the future.
Students also review ways that they can stand up to bullying when they see it happening. Some strategies mentioned include:
- Say positive things about others
- Tell the person doing the bullying, “that’s not something a friend would do”
- Don’t spread rumors or gossip
- Stand up for someone who is being made fun of
- Report bullying to a teacher, parent, or other trusted adult