It’s all good and fine to wear Pink as a community. Yet, on Pink Shirt Day 2020 there is so much more a school can do to teach about bullying and to improve students’ social behaviour.

After all, wearing pink doesn’t actually make us kind!

Bullying is a relationship issue and so, Pink Shirt Day is a great day to discuss relationships with your students. When given the opportunity, students rise to the challenge of consciously thinking about how they behave toward one another. Most students (60%) have faced bullying, although teachers believe the number to be much lower (16%). The truth is that they’re not always sharing social challenges with their teachers or parents – a lot of times they are just keeping it to themselves. So, lessons like the one in this post can certainly help students critically think about the power struggles at play in their social circles.

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Have an empowering and thought provoking Pink Shirt Day!

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Students – in groups, read over one of the questions scenarios below and discuss with your group, coming up with a way to best deal with the challenging social dynamics being presented.

Your friends start calling you names, sending you nasty text messages and forcing you to give them things or do things that you aren’t comfortable with. You feel so torn. What should you do?

1. Nothing. You must have done something wrong to make your friends act like that.
2. Start calling them names in return and threaten them.
3. Speak to your parents or teacher and tell them what is happening.
4. Something else (Open corner).

A group of kids in your class are spreading hurtful rumours about you through social media. Many kids now won’t play with you or even speak to you. Even your friends are starting to think they may be true. What should you do?

1. Nothing. No-one will believe you if everyone thinks the rumours are true.
2. Start spreading bad rumours about the other kids.
3. Tell everyone the rumours are untrue.
4. Something else (Open corner).

You notice one of your friends is teasing and making fun of the younger children in the summer camp. Your friend has started taking things from them as well. What should you do?

1. Tell the camp leaders what is happening without letting your friend know.
2. Help your friend in taking things from the younger children in case he/she starts to take things from you.
3. Tell your friend that you think that what he/she’s doing is wrong and that they should leave the younger children alone.
4. Something else (Open corner).

A group of older kids from another school like to pick on a few of the younger kids from middle school.
They wait to catch a child walking home or waiting for the bus alone, surround him or her, and sometimes get physical. They threaten and laugh, intimidating the younger kids.

1. Be very careful to go to and from school in groups
2. Tell adults in your school what is happening and ask for help.
3. Confront them physically to protect the kid.
4. Something else (Open corner).

DISCUSSION: The class will be divided into four groups – with each group getting one of the scenarios listed above. Groups seriously discuss their question and answers (which may be varied). They’re to come up with what they feel, as a group, would be the most effective way to deal with the problem presented. They can present their findings to the class and the class can discuss the problem/solution with each group. An option is for each group to enact their scenario along with the solution – it’s fun and effective to see the solution in action!

WRITING FOLLOW-UP: Write a paragraph in your journal by answering each of the following questions.

– What did you learn about how kids treat each other?
– What about today’s activity do you feel would help you in the future?
– Which social problems presented were harder to solve? Why?
– How did your discussion shape how you would behave towards others in the future?

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