The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program describes students involved or witnessing a bullying situation as having roles in the Bullying Circle. During the month of November our students are defining and discussing the various roles and considering the following questions:
· Which of these roles do you think we have in our school?
· Are people always in the same role or can their roles change?
· What kind of things might affect the role changes?
· Do boys and girls play all of these roles? To the same extent?
· What role do you think most of the students at our school play?
One follow-up activity is an empowerment lesson that focuses on random acts of kindness. Students are challenged to complete a random act of kindness for another person (no matter how large or small). The following week they are asked to share how they felt before, during, and after taking part in this challenge.
In December our students will be discussing cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is bullying through email, texts, chat rooms, or social media. Like traditional bullying it involves an imbalance of power and is often repeated, but it is unique because of the anonymity and accessibility. During our meetings we will have students come up with ways to stop and prevent cyber bullying. As a parent is it important to talk with your child about cyber bullying, understand his or her online presence and offer help when needed.