Bullying scenes

Children discuss bullying and show how they would react to different bullying scenes.

0 ratings & comments

Report this game

Everything you need to play this game

  • Coloured Paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Papers with a number for each corner of the room
  • Bullying scenes (see 'image', 'additional game info' or via http://www.eycb.coe.int/compasito/chapter_4/pdf/4_8.pdf)

Make it yourself


Step 1

visual signs

Mark the four corners of the room or from your space with visuals signs of numbers 1–4. Children should be able to move freely from one corner to another 

Good job!

A step-by-step guide to play the game


Introduce the topic of bullying asking questions such as these:   

  • What is bullying? 
  • What are the different ways people bully? 
  • Why do you think people bully? 
  • How does bullying affect people who are bullied? People who bully? The whole community? 


Ask each child to trace their hand on a coloured piece of paper and cut it out. They should think of one person for each finger whom they can turn to for support if they are being bullied (e.g. friend, parent, teacher, school administrator, police, counselor, sibling). Ask children to explain the supporters they have named.  


Explain that now you will look at different ways people can respond to situations involving bullying. Demonstrate how it will work:  

  1. The facilitator will read a description of bullying. For each situation three possible responses are given. A fourth response is always open if you think of a different response. 
  2. Each corner of the room is numbered. After you hear the situation and the responses, go to the corner that represents what you think you would do in this situation.  

Read out the bullying situation and give the children time to choose their response and go to the corresponding corner of the room. Once the children have taken a position, ask a few in each position why they chose that response and some of its advantages and disadvantages. Allow those children who chose the open corner to explain how they would respond. 


Ask some reflection questions to debrief. Some inspiration you can find in ‘Extra information’.  

Extra game information


Your friends start calling you names, sending you nasty text messages and forcing you to give them things. You don’t feel good when these things happen. What should you do?

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

A group of kids in your class are spreading hurtful rumours about you by sending sms messages around. 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?

  • Nothing. No-one will believe you if everyone thinks the rumours are true.
  • Start spreading bad rumours about the other kids.
  • Tell everyone the rumours are not true.
  • Something else (Open corner) 

Your older sister or brother keeps hitting and kicking you when nobody is looking and tells you that if you tell anyone she / he will just hurt you more. What should you do?

  • Tell your parents or teachers about what is happening.
  • Ask your friends at school to help you in fighting her / him.
  • Tell her / him that it hurts and to stop doing it. 4. Something else (Open corner). 

Your teacher keeps calling you ’stupid’ every time you get an answer wrong in class and says that there’s no point in even trying to teach you because you can’t learn. Other children have started calling you names too. What should you do?

  • Go straight to the headmaster and tell them what is happening.
  • Start missing class because you don’t like going to school.
  • Ask your parents if you can change class or change school.
  • 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.

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

A groups of older kids from another school like to pick on younger from your primary school. They wait to catch a child walking home or waiting for the bus alone, surround him or her, and take money, food, or toys. They also throw rocks and threaten to do worse. What should you do?

  • Be very careful to go to and from school in groups
  • Tell adults in your school what is happening and ask for help.
  • Carry rocks or a knife to protect yourself.
  • Something else (Open corner). 

A new boy in your class is refugee. Your friends always say racist things to him, make fun of his English and tell him to go back home. What should you do?

  • Join in, he’s not your friend so you don’t have to worry about him.
  • Tell your teacher that your friends are saying racist things to him.
  • Offer to give him English lessons when you’re not playing if your friends to help him fi t in.
  • Something else (Open corner) 

Debriefing and evaluation  

  • What did you think of the activity? Were some scenes difficult to respond to? Which ones and why? Can you empathise with any of the bullying scenes?
  • Do people who are bullied need help and support? Why? Where can people who are bullied find help and support? What are some reasons why people bully others? Are they honest? What should you do if you are bullied and the person you turn to for help and support does nothing about it? Are some bullies more likely to be accepted by children and adults? Why or why not?
  • Who is responsible to help and support children when they are bullied?
  • Can adults also face bullying? Give some examples. Who is responsible to help adults if they are bullied?
  • What can be done to help people who bully change their behaviour?
  • What happens if no one stops people who bully? To the bully? To the community?
  • Does anyone have the right to bully someone else? Why or why not? What human rights can be violated when someone is bullied? How does ending bullying improve the human rights environment for everyone?

This game is part of the 'All Children, All Right(s)!' toolkit, which focuses on promoting the right to protection.


  • Ask the children to look back at their 'hands of support' and add another person or organisation they could turn to for support when they are bullied. Hang up the 'hands of support' somewhere in the room for the children to refer to in the future.
  • Write your own bullying scenes that the children in your group can identify with. Divide the children into small groups, give each one a bullying situation and ask them to play both the bully and their reaction. Discuss and debrief each role-play and ask the other groups for alternative responses.

What people said about this game

Be the first to write a review

If you have played this game please help inform other people by giving a review.

Have you played Bullying scenes game?

Don’t hesitate, share your feedback and help others to pick the right games. Tell us how it was and how the children reacted? Or do you have any advice for other players, a fun variation, a possible improvement?

Login or signup to add your feedback

Thank you for giving us your opion on Bullying scenes!

We very much appreciate your effort in writing the review.

You might also like

Boys don't cry!

Players present their sketch on provocative statements about on gender.

Game details

Where do you stand?

In this discussion activity, people literally stand up for their opinions.

Game details

Who should decide?

The players engage in an activity where they indicate their stance on who should make decisions for various scenarios, using colour-coded cards.

Game details

Power Walk

We are all equal, but some are more equal than others.

Game details

My Life Is Not A Show

Make the players aware of information and communication technology misuse in general, and cyberbullying in particular.

Game details

Break the circle

Highlight the ease and subtlety of exclusion. Make the group conscious of their own role and responsibilities in both minority and majority groups.

Game details

Our city

Get to know the various children's rights in a participatory and realise that children's rights are interwoven in our society

Game details

Other games from ARSIS- Association for the Social Support of Youth

Silent Lines

During this pleasant warm-up game for all ages, players are invited to get to know each other better without talking.

Game details

A New Planet

A new planet has been discovered! Can you draw up the bill of rights for this all-new planet?

Game details

A Special Gift

Time for a special gift! Make a gift that represents a right from the Children's Rights Convention and share it with someone you care about.

Game details

Visit ARSIS- Association for the Social Support of Youth's profile

Cookies saved