What is the Who Is NOBODY? Anti-Bullying Edition…
Bullying generally stops in less than 10 seconds, when peers intervene on behalf of the victim.
~ Study from York University
When students participate in Who Is NOBODY?/Qui est PERSONNE? or Who Is GREEN? they are standing up and helping another living thing. While most participants see these programs as community outreach initiatives that apply the curriculum to real-life experiences, the Anti-Bullying Edition NOBODY’s goal is to draw attention to another important focus of these programs:
A first-hand experience in how easy it is NOT to be a bystander.
Here are a few ideas to help bring the anti-bullying impact of your Who Is NOBODY? Anti-Bullying Edition Program to your classroom:
Get students writing in anti-bullying language
Ask students to include the following information in their scrapbook stories:
- Who did you stand up for? (vs. Who did you help?)
i.e. I stood up for women and children in shelters by collecting toiletries
- Describe why you weren’t a bystander
i.e. I wasn’t a bystander because I took action to help create awareness school-wide around animal rights by making a morning announcement
Get students talking in anti-bullying language
Ask students to share their projects during Step #5 ‘Present your story, picture and NOBODY to your class’
by answering routine questions with anti-bullying language:
- Was it hard to stand up and help the environment by cleaning a local park?
i.e. Some people looked at me in a funny way but I know that’s just because I was doing something out of the ordinary for my community so I wasn’t bothered
- How did it feel NOT to be a bystander by donating glasses to World Vision?
i.e. It felt great because so many people joined in by donating their used glasses and so my project encouraged more people to stop being a bystander
Have a school assembly each month to highlight how students have stood up and NOT been a bystander for all the different local, national and international organizations and causes, perhaps highlighting a few students who had a hurdle to overcome where they learned a valuable lesson
i.e. When I stood up against child labour by asking my class to “Google Brands before Buying” and made a poster to keep track of socially conscious companies I was worried because at first no one was adding names to my poster but once a few people got involved everyone started to join in!