School Bullying Games | 5 Classroom Activities That Can Help
Updated: Oct 16, 2022
Bullying can happen anywhere and to anyone, which is why it's important for kids to be aware of what bullying is and how to deal with it.
This article will offer some effective strategies and solutions through the use of school bullying games to address the problem of bullying in elementary school.
Bullying can take many forms, such as physical violence, name-calling, and making threats. It can also happen online or through social media -- even to young children. Elementary school-aged kids who are bullied often feel scared, alone, and helpless. But there are things both parents and teachers can do if there's bullying occurring in school.
At SchoolAssemblies Brands SM, we provide anti-bullying school assembly shows for kids from kindergarten through 6th grade. And although a bullying assembly can be a great start, there are other steps that parents and teachers can take when it becomes necessary (or before) to address the bullying plague that's infecting our country's elementary schools. One of those steps is to employ the use of bullying games that can bring this serious problem into focus.
Things to keep in mind when choosing your game.
There are many different games and activities that can be used to address bullying, so it's important to find the right one for your classroom or group of students. When choosing a game or activity, consider the age and maturity level of the participants. You also want to make sure that the activity is appropriate for the setting in which it will be used. Most importantly, consider what goals you're trying to achieve through these bullying games. Whether you're trying to raise awareness, start a discussion, or teach kids how to stand up to bullying, there's a game or activity out there that can help. With these things in mind, you will undoubtedly be able to find a bullying game or activity that is perfect for your needs.
When to play bullying games - before, during, or after a bullying incident?
When it comes to bullying, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. However, experts agree that anti-bullying games can be an effective way to address the issue. Games provide a fun and non-threatening way for students to learn about bullying and its consequences. They also offer an opportunity for students to practice empathy and communication skills. When used before an incident occurs, they can help to identify students who may be at risk of being bullied. During an incident, they can provide a distraction and allow students to cool down. And after an incident has occurred, they can help to repair relationships between students. In any case, games can help to build a sense of community and prevent future incidents from taking place. Teachers should consider incorporating anti-bullying games into their classrooms as part of a comprehensive approach to addressing the issue.
The importance of adult or teacher supervision.
Although these activities seem like they would be a good way to teach kids about bullying and how to stand up to it, it's important to keep in mind that they should never take the place of proper adult supervision. Bullying games often involve physical contact, which can lead to injuries. They also sometimes include verbal bullying, which can lead to emotional distress. And, if not properly monitored, bullying games can make light of a very serious issue, which can desensitize children to the real-life effects of bullying. Use bullying games as a teaching tool, but make sure that they are age-appropriate and that you are supervising closely.
Five School Bullying Games to Try
1. Circle Time
This activity allows students to share their thoughts and feelings about bullying in a safe environment Anti-bullying circle time is a great way to open up the conversation about bullying with your students. It gives them a safe space to share their experiences and ask questions about what bullying is and how to stand up to it. Here are some tips for leading an anti-bullying circle time:
a. Start by asking each student to share something they're proud of about themselves. This helps create a positive and supportive atmosphere from the outset.
b. Then, explain what bullying is and why it's wrong. Use age-appropriate language and examples that your students will understand.
c. Encourage students to share any experiences they've had with bullying, either as a victim or witness. Listen non-judgmentally and offer support.
d. Finally, brainstorm ways to stand up to bullying together. Empower your students to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
2. The Name Game – This game helps students understand why bullies bully others and how their behavior affects others.
The Name Game can be played with a group of three or more people. To start, each student comes up with their own made-up name. Once everyone has a name, take turns going around the circle and saying something mean about the person to your left, using their made-up name. For example, “I think you’re really dumb,” or “I don’t like the way you look.” After everyone has had a turn, go around the circle again and this time say something nice about the person to your left, using their made-up name. For example, “You’re really funny,” or “I like the way you dress.” The game continues until everyone has had a chance to both give and receive compliments. This game can help people to see how hurtful words can be, and how easy it is to say something nice. It also helps participants to practice using kind words, which can make it easier to stand up to bullies in real-life situations. The Bullying Name Game is a great way to let off some steam and have a good laugh with your friends. Just remember, don’t take it too far – bullying is never funny.
3. Pin The Tail On The Donkey
In this game, players try to identify the behaviors associated with being a bully!
This is a great game for helping younger kids learn about bullying behaviors. To play, you'll need to print out a donkey template and cut out tails from construction paper. Write bullying behaviors on the tails, such as " calling names," "pushing," or "leaving someone out." Then blindfold each player in turn and see if they can identify the naughty donkey by sticking the tail in the right place. This game is perfect for a younger classroom, and it can help kids start a discussion about what constitutes bullying behavior.
4. The Bully Box
The Bully Box game can be played with a group of kids or just between two people. The game starts with one person being the bully and the other person being the victim. The bully will try to make the victim do something that they don't want to do, like give them their lunch money. If the victim does what the bully wants, then they get a point. If they don't, then the bully gets a point. The game continues until one person has five points. At that point, the person with the most points is the winner. This game is a great way to teach kids about bullying because it shows them how easy it is for someone to become a victim, and how hard it is to stand up to a bully. This can be a helpful way to start a discussion about bullying. Again, these games should be closely monitored by an adult!
5. Bullying Scenario Cards
These "scenario" cards (pre-made by the teacher) allow students to roleplay different situations involving bullies and victims.
Bullying scenario cards are a great way to teach young people how to respond in various bullying situations. The game can be played with four or more players. To begin, each player is dealt five cards, face down. The player to the left of the dealer starts the game by flipping over their top card. The player must then read the scenario aloud and decide whether or not they would bully the person in the situation. If they choose to bully, they keep the card and play moves to the next player. If they choose not to bully, they must put the card back in the deck and draw a new one. Play continues until all players have either run out of cards or elected not to bully in every situation. The player with the most cards at the end is the winner. Bullying scenario cards are a great way to start a conversation about bullying and its consequences. They can also be used to teach empathy and perspective-taking skills.
Many great online resources provide great ideas for bullying games and anti-bullying activities: Here are just a few:
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