Talking about bullying classroom discussion starters

The Talking about bullying classroom discussion starters support students to explore their ideas about bullying, and talk about what they can do about it individually and as a school community.

Classroom discussion starters have been developed for Years 3–4, 5–6, 7–9 and 10–12, as well as some suitable for any year level. However, any topic could be adapted  for any age.

The Talking about bullying classroom discussion starters have been developed in response to teacher requests for shorter activities to conduct in the classroom.

As a short activity (approximately 20 minutes), each discussion will be only a brief foray into the topic. The need for additional work or exploration in the future may be indicated by students' comments

How to use the classroom discussion starters

The document ​How to use (PDF, 576KB), word version (DOC,418KB) provides guidelines for facilitating a community of inquiry, links to key documents and references, and an overview of all inquiry questions.

The teacher's role in the discussion is to facilitate the process, rather than provide their own views or solutions.

The only preparation required is to download the definition of bullying appropriate for the age of the students. Some topics suggest recording students' responses on a whiteboard.

As a fun activity to conclude the discussion, teachers may like to provide the Make your own National Day of Action Poster (which can be found in the School materials to download​ section) ​for students to add their own anti-bullying message and picture.

Classroom discussion starters for year levels

The classroom discussion starters focus on:

Years 3–4: the essence of bullying (PDF, 468KB), word version (DOC, 395KB) 

Years 5–6: Recognising and understanding bullying (PDF, 469KB) , word version (DOC, 396KB)

Years 7–9: Building respectful relationships (PDF, 469KB), word version (DOC, 395KB)

Years 10–12 Building respectful relationships (PDF, 469KB), word version (DOC, 395KB)

Years 10–12: Understanding misuse of power (PDF, 469KB), word version (DOC, 395KB)

All years levels: Ensuring school is safe for everyone (PDF, 468KB) , word version (DOC, 394KB)

All year levels: Similarities and differences between bullying and fighting (PDF, 437KB), word version (DOC, 391KB)

All year levels: Making distinctions between bullying and arguing (PDF, 437KB), word version (DOC, 417KB)

All year levels: Exploring conditional reasoning: thinking about the consequences of an action (PDF, 437KB), word version (DOC 391KB)

All year levels: Exploring counter-examples of statements about bullying (PDF, 292KB), word version (DOC, 227KB)

Definition of bullying for year levels

Download the definition of bullying most appropriate for your students' age here.

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