Stamp out bullying

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 April, 2009, 12:00am

Definition of bullying

Bullying is a terrible thing and it can rear its ugly head in many shapes and forms. Read this letter from a teenager to the Help Me! page of a teen magazine.

Dear Help Me!

I am 14 years old and I can't face going to school any more. My grades have gone down - I've started missing class and hiding in the library because I hate being in lessons with the kids who are bullying me. People are calling me mean names and nobody spends time with me at break and lunch time. I used to have lots of friends at school, but now everyone seems to be against me. I don't know what I have done to make everyone dislike me. When I sit down to have my lunch, everyone gets up and moves away. This is making me so depressed. What do you think I should do? Jacky

You are the editor of the magazine that Jacky has written to. Write a short paragraph to be published in response to Jacky's letter giving him some advice.


1 What does the verbal phrase 'rear its ugly head' mean?

a. something unpleasant appears

b. something exciting appears

2 What is the meaning of 'I can't face' something?

a. I don't know how I will continue doing something

b. I am looking forward to doing something

3 What is the meaning of 'in many shapes and forms'?

a. the same way

b. in different ways

4 What does 'depressed' mean?

a. to feel unhappy and without hope

b. to feel extremely tired

Help me!

If you know that someone is being bullied, either seriously or slightly, you should do something to help them and stop the situation. Here is some advice on combating bullying given by experts. Choose a sensible alternative to complete each sentence.

1 If you see someone in your class is being bullied, you should ...

a. tell a teacher.

b. tell the police.

2 It is a good idea to tell the person being bullied that you will ...

a. write to the newspaper.

b. help them tell their parents or teacher.

3 If you know that someone is being bullied, tell your parents what's going on and

ask them to ...

a. have a quiet word with a teacher you trust.

b. confront the bullies.

4 It is sometimes effective if you get your friends together and ...

a. threaten the bullies.

b. make it clear to the bullies that you don't like what they are doing.

5 If you tell a teacher that someone is bullying another student ...

a. ask the teacher not to reveal your name when he/she does something.

b. ask the teacher to do nothing about the situation.

Being bullied

Here are some statements about teenagers who think they are being bullied. Choose the correct word from the brackets to complete each statement and say whether you think the student is the victim of bullying.

1 People in Kelly's class call her (names/ addresses) because she is overweight.

2 Charlie thinks he is being (victimised/chosen) because teachers shout at him when he doesn't do his homework.

3 Peggy is small for her age and a (group/herd) of students hit her, push her around and sometimes knock her onto the ground.

4 Wei is often (ignored/helped) by his classmates and left out of friendship groups.

5 Stacey has had money stolen by other pupils and her (possessions/relatives) are often taken or broken. She is too shy to say anything about it.

6 William is a very timid boy. He is often intimidated and threatened with physical (violence/fun) at school.

7 Dickson is put in (detention/prison) at least once a week for getting low marks in tests.

8 Simon is often teased at school because he limps when he (walks/sings).

now do this

You are the editor of the magazine that Jacky has written to. Write a short paragraph to be published in response to Jacky's letter giving him some advice.

Answer on page 11 next Tuesday


March 31

Page 3:

Terms: 1. diameter/celluloid, 2. long/wide/high, 3. height, 4. downward, 5. hard. 6. introduced, late

Trivia: 1. True, 2. False, 3. False, 4. True, 5. False, 6. True

Now do this: 1. a, 2. b, 3. b, 4. a, 5. b, 6. a, 7. a, 8. b