Elementary Bullying Poster
Responses shared below came from elementary students ranging in ages six to ten. What is revealing in their candid responses is the central role adults cast. To a young child witnessing an incident between an older, bigger student and a physically smaller child, it probably does look “scary.”
Do you know what bullying looks like?
- Like when someone pushes you around because they are bigger than you are
- When a bunch kids are making fun of another kid because of what she is wearing or the way they talk
- When someone calls another kid names
- When they throw the ball extra hard to hurt you and other kids laugh
- A kid will stick his leg out so trip so you trip and fall and get embarrassed
- Somebody writes your name on a piece paper with ugly pictures and shows it to everyone so they can laugh at you
- Playing really rough during recess or soccer practice when the coach is not around
Do you know what to do if you see a classmate being bullied?
- Tell my teacher
- Tell the bus driver
- Tell my mom or dad
- Ask for help
- Tell the bully to stop and it’s not nice to hurt someone’s feelings or say mean things
- Walk away and go get help
- Help them
Do you know what to do if you are being bullied?
- Tell my teacher right away
- Go to the principal’s office
- Write a note to my teacher
- Tell my friends
- Ask for help
- Talk to my dad or mom
- Go get my big brother or sister
What can school staff do?
Adults in schools can make a difference. They can help students address bullying behavior by:
- Helping students know what bullying behavior looks like;
- Hearing both sides of the story in private;
- Checking in on the student after an incident and talking to parents and caregivers;
- Providing opportunities to report incidents of bullying that are safe, fair, and anonymous if necessary;
- Sharing ways in which a student can get help;
- Helping them share with other adults – parents, counselors, coaches, paraprofessionals; and
- Allowing them to practice how they would respond if approached by a bully or witness bullying behavior.