Bullying comes in many forms and difference is often the trigger. The following two activities explore this issue.
Activity 1: Bat Story
Watch the following story about Bat told by storyteller Donna Jacobs Sife and consider the questions below.
- Who do you most identify with in the story?
- If you were Zebra, what else could you have done or said to Bat?
- If you were Eagle, what else could you have done or said to Bat?
- If you were Bat, what else could you have done or said to Zebra and Eagle?
- If you were Monkey, watching from a tree and hearing what was happening to Bat, what could you have done or said?
- What are the things that could stop you speaking up? What are the things that could make you want to speak up?
- What are three ways this story could have ended more happily?
Activity 2: Online bullying
The following activity presents some online chats between fictional young Australians. Complete the activity to explore the emotional effects that online discrimination and bullying can cause. (Please note: this activity has some discriminatory content and language that may cause offence.)
The button below will take you to a new page. When you have finished, you will be brought back here.
When thinking about bullying, this quote from Edmund Burke is also useful. It reminds us how important bystanders are in bullying situations.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."