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Bullying Role Play: Anti Bullying Activities for Teenagers

July 25, 2013

Anti-bullying activity for teenagers to address bullying wrongdoing

Main aim: Troubled teens who have a history of bullying learn about making the right choices and to place themselves in the position of their victims in a non-confrontational way. This anti-bullying activity is best conducted as a group session.

Name: Bullying Role Play

Type: Anti-bullying activities for teenagers (filed under the section on therapeutic activities for teenagers)

Participants: Individuals in a group of around 4-5 participants

Duration: 45 – 60 minutes per session

Preparation: None

Materials per participant:

  1. one sheet of paper
  2. pen

Activity

  • The activity is divided into 3 parts:
    • part 1: listing examples of bullying incidents
    • part 2: roleplay
    • part 3: discussion
  • Part 1: the participants are asked to do the following in confidence:
    • identify one real bullying incident that happened where the participant was the bully involved.
    • write down on the sheet of paper given to each participant the details of the incident.
    • next, write down on the same sheet of paper the reaction of the victim.
    • finally, all sheets of paper are collected by the counsellor or leader.
  • Part 2: for the role play:
    • the participants sit in a circle and the counsellor (or leader) starts with the first role play.
    • the first event, bullying conduct and victim’s reaction are read out by the counsellor to the group without naming the participant who wrote it.
    • the counsellor then tells the group that “… a teacher (or adult) who witnessed the incident stopped the bullying and said to the bully ….”
    • the participants take turns being that teacher or adult dealing with the incident, with each participant adding on to the story.
  • Part 3: discussion: after each incident that was recorded in Part 1 has been discussed, the counsellor opens up the discussion, which should include discussion on:
    • what the teacher or adult did;
    • what they did not do;
    • how the participants felt had the words and actions taken by the teacher or adult been directed at them;
    • how would they feel like the victim;
    • how could the situation have been improved;
    • what measures could have been taken or were taken to prevent the incident from happening again from the viewpoint of the bully, the victim and the reaction of the teacher or adult?

Rationale

The activity allows the participants to become aware of their conduct, their victim’s feelings and reactions and to critically analyze the responses of the adults responsible for the care of the bully and/or the victim.


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