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Bullying Prevention through an Understanding and Appreciation of Diversity

Rainbow Island starring Harold Lloyd (1917) Part 1 • Heiress = a woman who inherits or expects to inherit great wealth • Distress = discomfort, trouble, worries • Pot = A round, fairly deep cooking vessel with a handle and often a lid. • Latch = a type of lock for a door Part 2 • Kettle = metal containers for heating liquids • Appetizing = delicious, tasty • Appetite = a desire for food or drink • Urge = to press someone to do something • Nourishment = food • Pot roast = a piece of meat roasted • In the clover = in good circumstances

Difference is the state of being unlike an other • Think of the vastness of difference • Imagine if you could put all the faces you know, all the faces you have seen and all the faces you might see in one picture…..

•do you know all differences or will you be able to know all differences in the future? •Now think of the meaning of difference against difference

It’s all about difference • How many differences can you think of? • Is difference only about how a person looks? • We learn from difference because it is what we all have in common.

Differences • • • • • • •

Body type Language (also differences within the same language) Age Male/female Education - learning Social class Culture (arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought)

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Religion Values – beliefs – good/bad/right/wrong Choice Decisions Likes/dislikes Dress code – table manners

•Customs, values, beliefs and behaviour may be wrong •Difference in itself is not wrong, it is the foundation of life and the basis of change and evolution •But we make our choices, which is always an ongoing process and we respect the choices of others

Bullying •People usually connect with others who are similar to them •Some people who fear difference are aggressive towards it

What is bullying? Bullying is when a person repeatedly acts aggressively towards another person. Bullying expresses power and control. • • • • • • •

Bullying could be: Physical - harm Psychological – rumors/gossip - threats Verbal – name calling/making fun Written – rude notes/graffiti Racial - exclusion Cultural – stereotyping (to form a simple, non-flattering opinion) Cyberbullying - anonymous aggression

The bully • Male or female • Rich or poor • Arrogant not confident • Lack of understanding • Lack of empathy (understanding and entering into another person's feelings)

• Desire to control • Attacks differences • Poor parenting

Results of bullying - the victim • Fear • Lack of confidence • Lack of trust • Exclusion • Depression • Lack of concentration • Poor school performance

Conclusion • There are millions of differences around us and it takes time for people to understand them and accept them. We must show patience. • And remember you never fully know the consequences of your actions.

Are the following statements true or false? Explain why: 1. Women are not as strong as men and therefore

they do not bully others. 2. Bullies do not change their behaviour. 3. Bullies come from all levels of society, poor and rich. 4. Bullies are always tall, large and very aggressive. 5. You should always fight back against a bully. 6. Bystanders should report bullying to adults capable of resolving the problem. It is not a matter of snitching but of respecting the sufferer and of helping the bully become aware of the consequences of such behaviour.

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