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Lesson 9: Preventing & Reporting Bullying


This lesson stresses the importance of reporting bullying to a trusted adult. Students review a story about a student who is bullied and work in small groups to consider different possible endings to the story and the pros and cons of each. They discuss actions bystanders to bullying can take and learn that the best thing to do if they see someone being bullied is to tell an adult. They consider why this can sometimes be difficult and discuss the “no tell code” that may prevent kids from reporting bullying. They create and share a class poster that identifies the beliefs and actions they can use to challenge that code, including reporting bullying to a trusted adult, and take home a family sheet to help them discuss bullying with their parents or guardians.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe what to do if oneself or someone else is being bullied.
  2. Describe practices and behaviors that reduce or prevent bullying violence. 
  3. Advocate for actions to reduce or prevent bullying.

SEL Connection

  • responsible decision making

Time: 45 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • V-3: Avoid bullying or being a bystander to bullying.
  • V-7: Get help to prevent or stop violence, including harassment, abuse, bullying, hazing, fighting, and hate crimes.
  • V-9: Get help to stop being subjected to violence or physical abuse.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.4: Describe ways to prevent common childhood injuries and health problems.
  • Standard 2: Analyzing Influences
  • Performance Indicator 2.5.4: Describe how the school and community can support personal health practices and behaviors.
  • Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Performance Indicator 7.5.3: Demonstrate a variety of behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Standard 8: Advocacy
  • Performance Indicator 8.5.1: Express opinions and give accurate information about health issues.
  • Performance Indicator 8.5.2: Encourage others to make positive health choices.
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