Eliciting, Confirming and Establishing Knowledge about Debating Learning Activity 1: Warm-up

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Physical bullying means:

  • Hitting, kicking, or pushing someone...or even just threatening to do it

  • Stealing, hiding or ruining someone's things

  • Making someone do things he / she doesn't want to do

Verbal bullying means:

  • Name-calling

  • Teasing

  • Insulting

Relationship bullying means:

  • Refusing to talk to someone

  • Spreading lies or rumours about someone

  • Making someone feel left out or rejected

What do all these things have in common? They're examples of ways one person can make another person feel hurt, afraid, or uncomfortable. When these are done to someone more than once, and usually over and over again for a long period of time, that's bullying.

The reason why one kid would want to bully another kid is this: when you make someone feel bad, you gain power over him or her. Power makes people feel like they're better than another person, and then that makes them feel really good about themselves. Power also makes you stand out from the crowd. It's a way to get attention from other kids, and even from adults.

Did You Know…

The word “bully” used to mean the total opposite of what it means now? Five-hundred years ago, it meant friend, family member, or sweetheart. The root of the word comes from the Dutch boel, meaning lover or brother. Big change!

Reprinted with permission from http://pbskids.org/itsmylife

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* IML is the acronym for “It’s My Life”, the organisation that publishes this article.

2. Answer the questions below based on the article.

  1. What are the different kinds of bullying? Give an example for each.

Type of bullying


  1. Give at least three causes of bullying.

  1. What are the effects of bullying?

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