Break it Down: The Cycle of Bullying

Discussion Questions

  1. How do the characters in the hallway behave while the bullying is taking place?
  2. In this scene, who is harmed or affected by the bullying behavior?
  3. How does this behavior by these bystanders continue the cycle of bullying?
  4. How does a school climate affect the cycle of bullying?
  5. Why is the girl in the scene an ‘upstander’?
  6. Tell a story about a bullying incident that you witnessed.

Learning Checklist

  • Identify how the cycle of bullying keeps going.
  • Examine your school climate for the factors that could contribute to bullying.
  • Learn how the bystander plays a distinct role in the cycle of bullying.
  • Learn the importance of the upstander in stopping the cycle.