Activities to Help Young People Deal With Bullying
Activities to Help Young People Deal with Bullying
Patricia St Louis, Jeba Begum, Jacqueline Morrison & Stephanie George
2014, 86 A4 pages + CD-ROM
This book offers a range of activities that youth workers, mentors, pastoral teams and those working in primary and secondary schools and PRU settings can use with students who have been involved in bullying issues, both as bullies themselves and as someone who has been bullied.
The book aims to help practitioners to work through these issues and address the underlying causes including:
- The impact of the group
- Social settings
- Peer groups
It will also cover restorative and conciliation work. Ultimately the book seeks to enhance the emotional well-being of young people as we move towards helping them to manage powerful emotions intelligently. The activities embrace modern technologies of mobile phones, social networking sites, virtual learning environments and email, as well as face-to-face, person-to-person and group-to-group bullying issues.
The activities include:
- The face of bullying–the feelings around bullying, the harm it does and how to recognise what is happening.
- Am I a bully?–a self-reflection activity
- How I feel and why I feel this way–exploring the effects of being bullied
- What is happening and why- a small group activity
- Who is doing this – understanding cyber-bullying
- It’s my phone –the use of the mobile phone and the dangers of poor choices and the harm that can ensue.
- I am online and I am alright –safe behaviour online
- Can you see me? – images, photography and the power of this media when coupled with online use
- We are friends, aren’t we? –the dynamics of friendship and friendship choices
- How many friends do you have? –raises awareness around the power of social networking sites, safe use and behaviour
- What do to when it happens –restorative justice-based activities that focus students upon restorative, reconciliatory and reaffirmation
Each activity is laid out with an activity objective, an intended audience, activity instructions and how to end the activity. All of the activities have accompanying activity sheets. Most of the activities can be used discretely as stand-alone activities. However, one or two run consecutively e.g. baseline assessment and subsequent reassessment. Therefore the activities can be selected to address a particular need with a student.
The book also includes a Student Tracking and Feedback Workbook for leaders to track the activities used and evaluate their impact and effectiveness with students as well as providing valuable feedback and evidence. Also the activities, once complete, will provide you with proof of the work which has been done with the students, as evidence to both the students and other stakeholders.
Ultimately the book seeks to enhance the emotional well-being of young people as we move towards helping them to manage powerful emotions intelligently.