​​​​​Class activities

Use these suggestions or come up with your own ideas for activities that suit your school and your students. Check out the lesson plans and school events for more ideas.

Look at and discuss
Research and write
Make and do
Create and perform
Connect with experts
Plan lessons
Empower your student leaders
Include young children

Talking about bullying is an important part of making a positive change. But talking about bullying can also raise issues that schools may not have been aware of previously or sometimes lead to increased bullying for some students.

Ensure all staff are aware of how to respond to reports of bullying so the school can provide support for everyone involved.

Look at and discuss

Explore the animated bullying scenarios for students at For kids.

Watch the student videos I've been bullied or I've seen someone bullied to generate discussion and reflection on the impact of bullying.

Watch the #GameOn video for young people aged 8-12. It follows the online experiences of a group of lower secondary students. Topics covered include cyberbullying, excessive gaming, sharing passwords, free downloads and online friends. Study guides and activity sheets for upper primary and lower secondary are available to use in the classroom. From the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.

Look at the student videos clips Bullying: What can I do and where can I go? and Bullying: What can I do if I see it happening? and discuss the ideas with students.

Explore the avatar building activity in the For kids section (students 8 to 13 years of age). The activity ends with students selecting an anti-bullying message and sending the avatar to the Avatar wall.

Use one of the Talking about bullying classroom discussion starters to deepen students' thinking. Topics covered include recognising and understanding bullying, building respectful relationships and ensuring school is safe for everyone. The discussion activities take approximately 20 minutes.

Download, print and laminate Bullying. No Way! pocket cards (PDF, 857KB) to give students to keep on hand. The pocket cards contain tips for students on how to deal with bullying, useful website information and phone numbers.

Encourage students to download the free Take a Stand Together app for Apple iOS and Android devices that has information and stories on how to manage bullying as well as the build an avatar activity.

Research and write

Task students with re-writing the definition of bullying and the school's anti-bullying policy in their own words for different age groups.

Create a school magazine in your school or together with local schools about all the ways students, staff and parents work together to create a safe and supportive school.

Discuss with your students their ideas about the difference between bullying and other forms of social conflict, and why it's important to identify bullying. A reference for teachers is Definition of bullying and Harassment, discrimination and violence.

Conduct and report on the findings of a survey of students and staff to find out how students and adults understand bullying. Does everyone have the same idea of what bullying is?​

Make and do

Hold 'Design your own poster' activities using the Make your own National Day of Action poster (DOCX. 2.3MB) and encourage students to 'put themselves in the picture' by adding their own photos and anti-bullying messages.

Download the Bullying. No Way! badges (PDF, 1.1MB) and make badges for students to wear on the day.

Download the bunting in black and white (PDF, 126KB) for students to personalise or the bunting in colour (PDF, 692KB) to make an anti-bullying banner to string across the room. On the blank 'flags' students can draw themselves or add their own anti-bullying message.

Use the National Day of Action images from the Materials to download page, for example the characters faces on the bunting, to design posters or other art works that promote student wellbeing and the importance of a safe and positive school environment to students.

Give each student the letters to make up the words Take a Stand Together in colour (PDF, 868KB) or black and white (PDF, 537KB) and ask students to create group 'freeze frame' images to demonstrate this slogan. See some ideas in the Photo gallery. Take photos to create a photo collection on your school's Facebook page or website.

Make a 'Take a Stand Together' paperchain. Give students strips of brightly coloured paper (28cm long x 5cm wide) and ask them to write their own anti-bullying message on it. Glue or staple each strip of paper into a 'link' to create a powerful visual representation of your class's stand against bullying.

Create and perform

Develop a class skit or resource about how to respond and also, how not to respond, to each of physical, verbal and social bullying.

Make a 'claymation' or stop motion video about dealing with bullying. To give the students ideas, watch The Tank Gang: A Say No to Bullies Story made by primary students to explore the importance of standing up for each other, learning to get along with one another and being good friends.

Write a song about how someone has successfully managed bullying, record it and ask the local radio station to play it for the community to hear.

Write a class freestyle rap. Get some inspiration by listening to Be A Buddy Not A Bully (MP3, 3MB). Lyrics (RTF, 35KB) are by students of St Peter's Primary, East Bentleigh, Victoria and Drew Lane and music is by Drew Lane. © 2013, Andrew Lane.

Use computer animation to develop a story about resolving issues. To get ideas, watch the The Game made by lower secondary students which looks at the impact of rejection at school.

Bring your class's anti-bullying messages and stories to life through free animation apps. Students can generate video content on their mobile devices using apps with features such as avatars, animation and voice recording capabilities to suit student creations. Students could create their own public service announcements, news report or tell a story with an anti-bullying message. Short animations could be edited together into a longer video to create a collaborative class presentation in which all students take part. Visit Apps in Education for a list of suitable apps.

Create a class dance to represent the emotions involved in bullying and how bystanders to bullying can make a difference. Watch Bully Dance, produced by Andrew W. Carroll in 2012 to stimulate students' ideas.

Showcase students' songs, animations, skits or artworks at a school or a local community venue on the National Day of Action. Use the NDA letterhead (DOC, 410KB) to invite people to attend.

Connect with experts

Kids Helpline @ School (KAS) is a free national early intervention and prevention program for primary school aged students. Schools can invite Kids Helpline counsellors into their classroom via video link or phone to discuss a wide range of issues relating to 'Digital' and 'Wellbeing' topics.Book a free session to access teacher resources and promotional material.

Register for Virtual Classrooms being run by the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner about online bullying. Presentations allow students to participate under teacher guidance and include recommended complementary resources.

Plan lessons

Teach students practical strategies to use to respond to bullying, through discussion and rehearsal:

Use one of the Talking about bullying classroom discussion starters which are designed to deepen students' thinking. Topics covered are recognising and understanding bullying, building respectful relationships and ensuring school is safe for everyone. These discussion activities take approximately 20 minutes.

Use the Bullying. No Way! lesson plans which require one to three 40 minute lessons. Lesson plans cover safe and active bystanders, ideas for a safe and supportive school community, perspectives on bullying for senior students (2014), and being reasonable and ethical online.

Check out the resources and classroom activities provided by Prejudice No way to assist students in years K-3 develop the foundation knowledge and skills needed to counter racism, prejudice, and discrimination.

Select one of Classroom resou​​rces on the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner website (formerly Cybersmart) including cyberbullying lesson plans for primary and secondary school​.

Explore the interactive online resources and activities provided at Difference Differently Together with students to explore diversity to encourage intercultural understanding. Aligned to the Australian Curriculum, Difference Differently offers modules in English, History, Geography and Civics & Citizenship for students in Years 3 to 10.

Hold a lesson based on the Okay Bingo Game (PDF, 855KB) with students with disability to explore bullying behaviours. The game board portrays scenarios including taking turns, being included and playing games. Each scenario is discussed and players then find and match them with the symbol cards provided in the game. Okay Bingo uses the n2y SymbolStix symbol set developed for use in symbol-supported tools and materials for students with additional communication needs. Extend the bingo game to explore students' ideas about bullying, anti-bullying, pro-social behaviors and self-advocacy.

For lessons on a range of topics related to creating a safe and supportive school community visit Teaching Tolerance Classroom Resources. This US site has useful lesson ideas across the upper primary and secondary years, with an easy to use searchable database.

Look at the Australian Human Rights Commission's What you say matters video and website for information about racism suitable for lessons with secondary students. Discuss the impacts of racist bullying with students.

Empower your student leaders

Use the National Day of Action as an opportunity to develop your students leadership skills in your school.

Involve your student leaders in class activities and lessons to demonstrate practical strategies in teacher-led class lessons about dealing with bullying.

Provide your student leaders with the Guide for senior students: running a bullying prevention project in your school (PDF 634 KB), Word version (DOCX 550KB) to run their own bullying prevention project.

Run the activities for senior students at Perspectives on bullying which involve students sharing what they have learned about bullying, and investigating their peers' views related to the creation of a safe and supportive school community.

Include young children​

For young children (Kindergarten to Year 3), keep the focus on positive activities to help young children learn about how to get on with others and how to solve their problems without aggression.

Check out the resources and classroom activities provided by Prejudice No way to assist students in years K-3 develop the foundation knowledge and skills needed to counter racism, prejudice, and discrimination. ​

​The Allen Adventure app and materials

​​Bullying. No Way! has resources for children under 8 years of age which are based on The Allen Adventure app and related materials. The Allen Adventure is an interactive story to help children learn about how to tell how others are feeling, how to get on with others and how to deal with difficult social situations

Download the free app for iPad and Android tablets which allows children to interact with the story.

Watch The Allen Adventure video version (no interaction).

Use Allen solves a problem NEW to introduce problem-solving skills. The problem-solving template and guidelines provide a structure for discussing with young children what they can do if they have social problems or conflicts.

Download and print The Allen Adventure booklets to use on their own or in conjuntion with other materials.

Use The Allen Adventure lesson plans in the classroom.

Download and print the setThe Allen Adventure postcards. The four postcards show scenes from The Allen Adventure. Young children can draw themselves into the picture showing what they would do if they were in the same situation. You can also use individual The Allen Adventure postcards in digital form so children can draw using an electronic painting program. Free paint programs are available online to download.

Listen to the Kinda Mean song from The Allen Adventure with your group and make up a dance or write additional lyrics to the song.

Arrange a performance of Kinda Mean for young children using the Kinda Mean musical scores. Scores are available for a full band, voice, guitar, keyboard, percussion and other instruments. ​

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