Bullying is everywhere in today’s headlines. All too often, we read tragic stories of children driven to desperation because of bullying or harassment from their peers. Sadly, the phenomenon is far from new. All of us can recall being bullied at least once in our lives, or perhaps even being the bully ourselves.
What is different in today’s school environment, however, is that bullying doesn’t just happen face to face – students are now grappling with it online and through relentless social media. This can leave a student feeling like there is no escape, which is why it’s more important than ever to make the classroom a positive environment and a safe haven from bullying.
The following Flocabulary songs center around bullying and teach ways to deal with it. Below the videos, we have questions you can use to facilitate a discussion with your students. Also, don’t miss our Bullying Lesson Plan and more songs and videos to teach Character Education.
Songs About Bullying
This is song can be used to show students that there are clever ways to stand up against bullying. Ask: How did the bully treat others in this song? What did the main character decide to do? What can we learn from this story about dealing with bullies? Watch now.
5th Grade: “Have Compassion”
This song demonstrates to students the courage it takes to stand up to a whole group of people. Ask: What does it mean to have compassion? What change did the main character make? Why might it be scary to stand up to a group of people who are bullying others? Watch now.
This song shows students that one bold act can change someone’s life for the better. Ask: Why was Jay being bullied? What did Keena decide to do? What can we learn about bullying from this story? Watch now.
Questions for Discussion
- What did the characters in the video do when they witnessed someone being bullied? What can we do if we witness bullying or are being bullied?
- Bullying doesn’t just happen in school. Where are some other places you’ve seen bullying?
- What kind of behavior do you associate with bullying?
- What are some consequences of bullying?
- What do you think bullies can do to change their behavior?