Choose your response

People who bully are looking to get under another person’s skin, and they might even feel encouraged if they believe they’re getting to you. It’s good to know that, even in the heat of the moment, you have a choice about how you can go about responding to bullying. This activity provides some helpful hints on how to choose how you respond to bullying.

Year Level



5 minutes


  • In class activity
  • Year assembly activity

SEL Competencies

  • Responsible decision-making
  • Social awareness
  • Self-management

Learning Intention

Students will be able to explain practical ways to deal with bullying.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain some practical ways to deal with bullying
  • identify practical strategies to use that resonate with them.

activity 01

Instructions 5 min

  1. As a group, watch the video clip ‘2 ways to deal with bullying’.
  2. Ask the students to vote on whether they think the best way to deal with bullying is by ‘standing up for yourself’ or ‘not responding’.
  3. Determine the response that’s the most popular with the students and ask them to write down three ways to implement this option.
  4. Ask the students to write down three ways to implement the least popular option.
  5. Ask the students to share with a partner which option they would feel most comfortable choosing in their life, and to explain why. Share their ideas as a group.


It can be helpful for students to think about ways they would respond to a bullying situation before it happens. When they are experiencing a challenging situation such as bullying, it can be difficult to make decisions about how to solve the problem as effectively as they would when feeling calm and relaxed.

More information for students:

Six tips for dealing with bullying