• Olweus Classroom Meetings Topic Starters

    Olweus Classroom Meetings Topic Starters


    What does “bullying” mean to you?

    How are students at your school bullied?

    Do you know of kids at your school who are left out?

    Do you ever feel lonely at school or left out of activities? What happened and what was that experience like for you?

    What is lunch time like at your school? Who do you sit with, what do you do, and what do you talk about?

    What do you feel are appropriate lunch/recess topics for conversation?

    What’s it like to ride the school bus (or walk to school)?

    Do kids ever call others mean names, or tease them? Has this ever happened to you? Talk more about how you feel and what you do when this happens.

    What about physical bullying in your school or after-school activities? Have kids been bullied by being hit or pushed, or physically hurt in other ways?

    Do you believe there are kids who are scared to go to school because they were afraid of being bullied?

    Have you ever been scared to go to school because you were afraid of being bullied?

    Have kids ever bullied you by hitting or pushing you or other things like that? What you do when this happens. Does anyone try to help when someone is being bullied? What do you think would be helpful to stop bullying at school?

    How can you support or help friends who have been bullied in the past?

    Do you think bullying is more prevalent in the classroom, on the bus, in neighborhoods, or on social media?

    Bully-free zones? What can you do to put a stop to the culture of bullying?

    How can you support your peers who have been bullied in the past?

    Do you think bullying is more prevalent online or in the classroom?  At school or during extracurricular activities?

    When you see someone being bullied, do you feel comfortable going to a teacher or adult for help?  Why or why not?

    What is the best way to get someone to stop bullying another person?  Should you defend the victim?  Start a fight?  Make fun of the bully?  Why or why not?

    What is the difference between teasing and bullying?  How can you tell the difference between them?

    At what point does teasing become bullying?  Does the frequency of the behavior play a role?

    Have you ever felt bullied by someone?  What made you feel this way?

    Have you ever bullied another person?  How did you feel before, during, and after?

    What is the danger of standing around and watching while someone else is bullied?

    What kinds of consequences do kids who are bullied suffer?

    Why is it important to accept people for who they are?

    Do you think there are particular types of attitudes that contribute to bullying?  Are there people who think bullying is acceptable?  Why or why not?

    In what situations do you and your friends see people bullied?  Do you ever try to stop someone from getting bullied?

    How do you feel when someone teases you or gives you a hard time for something you like?  Why do you feel this way?

    Are there any risks to standing up for someone who is being bullied?  What are they?  How do they impact your decision to get involved in a situation?

    Have you ever talked to your parents about bullying?  What did they say?

    Write about a time when you stood up for something that you believed in.  Was it hard to express an opinion that other people didn’t agree with?  Why or why not?

    Write short one-paragraph stories about four different types of bullying.  How do you think the people in each story would feel if the behavior lasted for a week?  What if it lasted a month?  The entire school year?

    Why do you think some people bully others?

    What feeling does the bully get from putting someone else down?

    Come up with an idea for a new way to increase awareness about bullying.  How can you help people understand that bullying is a problem?

    Are some types of bullying more harmful than others?

    What would you do if someone tried to bully you?

    What would you do if you saw someone trying to hurt one of your friends?  Would you intervene or get an adult to help?  Why?

    Have you ever wanted to stand up for someone who was being made fun of?  Did you intervene?  Why or why not?

    How do you feel when you see someone else is being teased?

    Why do you think people have trouble accepting others who are different from them?

    Write about a time when you did something nice for someone because you saw that another person had hurt him or her.  What did you do?  How did the other person feel afterward?

    How do you think a bullying victim feels when he or she is laughed at, hurt, or degraded?

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