This week, we are discussing bullying in third grade. Given the Massachusetts bullying legislation, it is not only incredibly important for us to begin to educate our students on bullying at an early age, but it is also the law.
In our lesson, we defined bullying as repeated unexpected behaviors directed at another student. Often, these behaviors make the target, or victim of bullying, feel scared, angry, or upset.
As part of the lesson, we worked to define the roles people play in a bullying situation. These include:
Person bullying: Person doing the unexpected behaviors
Person who is the target: Person experiencing the unexpected behaviors
Bystanders: People who see the bullying happen
We read the book “Say Something,” by Peggy Moss. The book talks about the role of a bystander in reaching out and supporting the target of bullying.
Next time we meet, we will talk more about the role of bystanders in helping to stop bullying. If you have a moment, please review with your children the definition of bullying as well as the roles students might have in a bullying situation.
Thank you for your help supporting this important lesson.
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