Time to think, to Act and to stop Bullying!
From 21st to 25th Jan 2019 was an anti-bullying week in Pathways Gurgaon, and in our PULSE classes, we did something special to honour it.
Ms. Sangke led the lesson by giving the students the opportunity to share their understanding of what bullying meant to each of us. Some of the replies consisted of physical/ mental/ cyberbullying, using power to harm others, name-calling and teasing, body shaming and much more. This made us become aware of what about act of bullying. Ms. Sangke talked to us about the impacts of bullying, and what the victim may go through, or even what the bully's motive or intention could be.
Through the PULSE lesson, we were made aware, that there are always two sides of a story, and the bully may not always bully people because they just feel like it, but maybe because they feel insecure or have low self-esteem and pulling someone else down makes them feel better. This made us think about being a bystander, a person who has witnessed bullying but hasn't stood up to it. This is in fact even worse than bullying! Some responses from the class of what a bystander should do are including confronting the bully itself, publicly or privately, or comforting the victim after the event. However, the most sensible solution would be to go straight to a teacher or parent and inform them about what is happening to the victim.
Then our teacher allowed us to play an interactive game in pairs, involving us into the conversation on preventing bullying. She asked us if we had the chance to say something to the bully, or the victim, or even a bystander, what would we say. This made our class think. If I had one chance to say something to someone involved in an act of bullying, what would it be?
We were supposed to write our responses on a piece of paper. Few students wrote quotes, some wrote personal bullying stories, both from the victim and the bully's perspective and some wrote catchphrases or poems, to prevent bullying. All the papers were collected and presented on a big poster paper, which will be presented on the information board in our hallway.
In conclusion, I think that during our PULSE session, our class realized the importance of acknowledging small things many people don't talk about, for example, bullying.
Written by Suhani Pasricha, MYP-3E
Edited by Ranya Zara Bimbrahw, MYP-4F