What do you think bullying is? Have you ever seen or experienced bullying? If
so, can you share?
In your opinion, why do students bully? Is it just because they don’t like the
way someone else looks? (Class discussion should clarify that bullying happens because of many reasons, such as looks, socio- economic issues, gender, sexual orientation, and ethnic or religious background, as well as a student’s talents and interests. Identifying how one gets bullied assists students as they go through the discussion.) In what ways do students bully? Is it just name calling or do you think there are other ways in which bullying happens? Have you or a friend experienced bullying in a different format than someone walking by and making a comment? If so, what was it? (With technological developments, this is a good question to introduce cyberbullying. Teachers should discuss that bullying can also happen in other formats such as students leaving notes, pictures or objects that make the other person uncomfortable.)
Do you think there is more bullying amongst girls or boys? Is there more bullying in the younger grades than there is in high school? (The goal is to get students thinking about where bullying might begin and if there are specific groups targeted more than others. The teacher should focus on the school’s environment and its student population in order to identify potential problems.)
How do bullies target their victim(s)?
Do you think bullies might have problems of their own that lead them to target certain people?
Can bullying happen on the school bus, in the community or somewhere else? Where
do you think it can happen outside of school?
What are some of the social problems students face today that contribute to
In your opinion, at what age do you think bullying begins?
The word “power” is used to describe what drives bullies. What do you think
about this idea? How do you think bullies get power?
Do you think that society has promoted bullying? Do you think that music videos, movies, TV shows or video games ever convey an accepting attitude towards bullying? (Students should discuss how the message that it is OK to bully is presented in society. Identifying sources can help students find solutions to combat bullying.)
Do you know what the consequences are for students who bully others in your school? Do you think that they are fair? How often are they actually enforced?
If you could talk to students who bully, what would you say to them? How could you help them change?