6.5 Activity Suggestion: Bullying – Gray area – No bullying


30 min

Target group: 

applicable for classes or groups of teachers, 5 – 25 persons


Participants will be stimulated to classify negative behavior patterns into 3 groups: bullying, gray area, no bullying. This is a preparatory activity for the introduction of the definition of (cyber)bullying. It intends to sharpen the ability to distinguish between negative behavior and bullying.


prepared cards, each describing one behavior, moderation cards

Instruction for implementation:

The facilitators have prepared small cards, each describing a behavior pattern and distribute these among the participants. Depending on the size of the group participants receive one or two cards. They have also prepared moderation cards  which will be placed on the ground in order to separate three different fields: Bullying/  Gray area/ no bullying.  Participants are asked to read their card aloud and place it into the field they consider correct with a short explanation.


  • insulting looks
  • to talk behind so. back
  • to exclude so. (e.g. from a soccer game)
  • to mock so.
  • to take  sth. from a classmate
  • to spread theembarrassing news
  • verbal threats
  • to have a negative view of things
  • to make jokes
  • to quarrel
  • to not invite so.
  • to inflict damage on so.
  • to incite classmates
  • to publish embarrassing material of another person on Facebook, Instagram etc.
  • not to go to a birthday party although he/she has been invited
  • physical attacks
  • to refuse to sit next to so.
  • to blackmail so.
  • to ridicule so. because of looks to damage books, pens … from so. else

to damage books, pens … from so. else

Evaluation procedure:

The facilitator will point out that there will probably be differences in the judgment of the participants what can be identified as bullying. The next step is to introduce the definition of (cyber)bullying, underlining the difference between a conflict/quarrel