Presentation on theme: "What Can I Do About Teasing?"— Presentation transcript:
1 What Can I Do About Teasing? The following resource was used in developing this lesson:“But I Was Only Joking” by Eric HenryThe following websites were used to provide visual support to this lesson:
2 What is Teasing?Words or actions that cause others to doubt their worthPut downsPointing out differencesCalling someone namesUse this slide to define teasing and start to talk about situations when individual students have felt they were being teased.From: “But I Was Only Joking” by Eric Henry at
3 Teasing: Is it Friendly? Or Unfriendly? Laughing with you not at youPeople that are good friendsPeople that can accept teasing from youRespect you if you ask them to stopLaughing at you or at something you said or didPeople that you don’t know very wellKeep it up even if it makes you feel badDiscuss the differences between friendly teasing and unfriendly teasing.
4 How do I know if it’s really unfriendly teasing? Use these pictures to talk about situations where students may misread the intentions of others.Describe the first picture as two friends whispering with each other – the boy seems to be looking in your direction. The actual conversation is the girl telling him about a present she bought for another friend. (This could be perceived as teasing when it really isn’t).Describe the second picture as a boy talking on the phone and looking directly at you. He is talking loudly and you hear your name. He is talking about you and laughing at you. (This really is teasing).
5 How do I know if it’s really unfriendly teasing? Use these pictures to talk about situations where students may misread the intentions of others.Describe the first picture as two kids that you don’t know very well pointing at you and laughing. (This is unfriendly teasing).Describe the second picture as a good friend that has been playing video games with you. After a good long game, she has won. She is laughing with you. (This is friendly teasing).
6 “I’m still not sure if it’s friendly or not” Talk it out with an adult or friend that you really trust
7 Responding to Teasing: Friendly? Or Unfriendly? Smile – It’s a jokeShrug it offJoke backStay calmTell an adult if it is threatening or repeated oftenDecide: Ignore or Respond?The way you respond to teasing will be different if the teasing is friendly, than if it is unfriendly. Use this slide to give suggestions about ways to respond to different types of teasing.
8 Decide: Ignore or Respond??? If you decide to ignore:Walk awayLook awayJoin a group of friendsTalk to someone else
9 Decide: Ignore or Respond? If you decide to respond - Be AssertiveHold your head up highLook at the other personGo over this information. The next slide will elaborate on the “I” statement.
10 Responding to Unfriendly Teasing That was a good one – HA HA!Responding to Unfriendly TeasingFunny – Can I use that line?Use humorGive a neutral responseWHATEVER!If you decide to respond, this slide introduces some ways to respond to unfriendly teasing. Talk about the tone of voice and body language to use as you respond. Role play the use of these responses in an appropriate tone of voice.So?more
11 Responding to Unfriendly Teasing Cut it out!Tell them to STOP in a firm, calm voiceUse mild sarcasmGo away and stop bothering me!If you decide to respond, this slide introduces some ways to respond to unfriendly teasing. Talk about the tone of voice and body language to use as you respond.Activity Sheet 1 gives some samples situations of unfriendly teasing. Have students match the situation with one of the responses by drawing a line.Role play the use of these responses in an appropriate tone of voice using the situations and responses from Activity Sheet 1.Give me a breakReal mature!Like I would care
12 After You Respond: Walk away Look away Join a group of friends Talk to someone else
13 One Easy SolutionIf you are being teased in the same situation each day, ask a friend or a teacher to walk or sit with you for a few days.Describe a situation where a student may be experiencing unfriendly teasing on a daily basis. (i.e., walking home from school, on the way to the cafeteria, while getting things from your locker).Sometimes students may not realize that they can simply change their routine to get out of the situation, or ask an adult for help in that situation. Role play some ways to ask for help.
14 “But, sometimes it really makes me feel bad and I can’t stop thinking about it.” Let it Bounce off – think about the words bouncing right off of youThink to yourself“the opinions of this one person are not important”Help students to discuss some ways to feel better when they have been teased.Let it bounce offSelf talkGet Help from an adultGET HELP – Tell your parents, teacher or other adult – talk it out!
15 “How do I know when I need to get help from an adult?” When you are being teased many times each dayWhen you have been threatened in any wayWhen you are feeling very bad about yourselfWhen you just don’t know what else to do
16 Don’t Forget the Good Stuff Help students to identify “good stuff” – friendly comments or remarks from peers or friendly greetings from peers. Help them see that friendly greetings and comments may be happening more often than the unfriendly teasing, but because the teasing makes us feel bad, it is hard to stop thinking about it.
17 What should you do if you see someone else being teased? So, what do you think?What should you do if you see someone else being teased?Use this slide to lead a discussion on today’s lesson.
18 Responding to Teasing Decide if it’s friendly or unfriendly “Social Power” PointResponding to TeasingDecide if it’s friendly or unfriendlyDecide whether you want to ignore it or respondRespond assertivelyGet help when you need itDon’t forget the good stuff!This visual is a good summary of the information in this lesson. This slide has been made into a format that can be printed on card stock to give to each student (“Social Power Point Card). You may also want to laminate the cards and place a magnet on the back as a visual that could be hung in the student’s home as a reminder of the lesson.