Bystanders play an important role in reducing bullying at school. By learning about the actions they can take if they witness bullying, students will feel more confident about standing up and doing something.

Year level



5 minutes


In class activity

Online learning

SEL Competencies

Social awareness

Relationship skills

Learning intention

Students learn strategies for standing up to bullying and discriminatory behaviour.

Key outcomes

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

  • identify actions they can take to stand up to bullying or discriminatory behaviour.

Materials needed

  • Pen and paper.

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Examine the roles of respect, empathy, power and coercion in developing respectful relationships (AC9HP8P04)

  • Evaluate the influence of respect, empathy, power and coercion on establishing and maintaining respectful relationships (AC9HP10P04)

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Self-awareness

    • Self-management

    • Social awareness

    • Social management

  • Ethical Understanding:

    • Responding to ethical issues

  • Critical and Creative Thinking:

    • Reflecting

NSW PDHPE Syllabus

  • Investigates effective strategies to promote inclusivity, equality and respectful relationships (PD4-3)

  • Analyses factors and strategies that enhance inclusivity, equality and respectful relationships (PD5-3)

Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Investigate the benefits of relationships and examine their impact on their own and others’ health and wellbeing (VCHPEP127)

  • Investigate how empathy and ethical decision-making contribute to respectful relationships (VCHPEP146)

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Activity 1


5 minutes

  1. Explain to students that it can be hard to know what to do if they see behaviour they think could be bullying or discrimination.

  2. Ask students to divide their page into three columns:

    • Title the first column ‘Body language’.

    • Title the second column ‘Indirect actions’.

    • Title the third column ‘Communication’.

  3. Students then populate the columns with actions they can take if they witness bullying or discrimination. For example:

    • Stand closer

    • Befriend the person, call a teacher over

    • Saying that it's not okay.


Explain to students that there are many things they can do if they witness bullying of any type. Any action is better then doing nothing at all. It doesn’t have to be direct intervention. Instead, they could report the incident or make others aware of it.


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