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FHE Lesson on Bullying - How to React to Bullies

FHE Lesson on Bullying – How to React to Bullies

This FHE lesson on bullying discusses why bullying is dangerous and how to react to bullies. 

 

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Scripture

Joseph Smith History 1:23

It caused me serious reflection then, and often has since, how very strange it was that an obscure boy, of a little over fourteen years of age, and one, too, who was doomed to the necessity of obtaining a scanty maintenance by his daily labor, should be thought a character of sufficient importance to attract the attention of the great ones of the most popular sects of the day, and in a manner to create in them a spirit of the most bitter persecution and reviling. But strange or not, so it was, and it was often the cause of great sorrow to myself.

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Hymn

I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus | Children’s Songbook, pg. 78

1. I’m trying to be like Jesus;
I’m following in his ways.
I’m trying to love as he did, in all that I do and say.
At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice,
But I try to listen as the still small voice whispers,

“Love one another as Jesus loves you.
Try to show kindness in all that you do.
Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought,
For these are the things Jesus taught.”

2. I’m trying to love my neighbor;
I’m learning to serve my friends.
I watch for the day of gladness when Jesus will come again.
I try to remember the lessons he taught.
Then the Holy Spirit enters into my thoughts, saying:

“Love one another as Jesus loves you.
Try to show kindness in all that you do.
Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought,
For these are the things Jesus taught.”

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Lesson

For Children

Begin the lesson by watching the following video. Before you press play, ask the children to think of a time when they may have felt bullied by someone.

Ask: How does it feel when someone bullies you? What did this boy do when he was bullied?

Read aloud: When we bully someone, we are mean, rude, or angry to someone. We do not act nicely. We may even make fun of them. Heavenly Father does not want us to bully others. In fact, he has commanded us to love everyone, even our enemies.

Ask: If someone is bullying us, what should we do?

Read aloud: We should always talk to a trusted adult if we are being bullied. This could be a parent or a teacher. You may feel scared, but it is important to get help. In the video we watched, the kindness of the boy helped the bully stop. Sometimes, even when we are nice to those who are mean, they are still mean.

Ask: How can we show love to others, even when they keep being mean to us?

Read aloud: It is important to pray to Jesus Christ for help. It is not easy to be kind to bullies. Jesus can help forgive. Jesus was bullied throughout his life. Many were upset at him, called him names and mocked him. He never became angry himself or unkind. We can study the life of Christ to help us find patience and forgiveness to those who do us wrong.

Finish the lesson by sharing any applicable personal experiences. End with your testimony.

For Teens & Adults 

Begin by watching the following video. Before pressing play, invite everyone to think about which characters they can relate to and why.

Ask: What does this video teach us about bullying?

Read aloud: Bullying, or the practice of intimidating, manipulating, or harming someone in an effort to control them, has been a tool of the adversary from the very beginning of time. Countless prophets and church leaders have experienced bullying throughout their lives, even to an extreme degree.

The greatest example of this is our Savior, Jesus Christ. Others tried to stop Christ from ministering and sought to harm him.

Give everyone five minutes to look through their scriptures to a time when Christ was bullied. Ask them to look specifically for how Christ responded. Share as a group.

Ask: What can Christ’s reaction to bullying teach us? What can we do to combat bullying in our own spheres today?

Finish the lesson by sharing any applicable personal experiences. End with your testimony.

For Single Study 
Read through the scriptures and search for examples of bullying. Accounts could include Noah, Christ, and Joseph Smith. Write down what these accounts teach us about bullying and how you can apply them to your own life.

 

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Laughing Game

Get everyone seated round a table or in a circle.

  • Players take it in turns to say “Ha”, “Ho” or “Hee”. Anyone who starts laughing is knocked out of the game
  • Keep going until everyone’s out

The person who keeps a straight face the longest wins a prize.

 

FHE Lesson on Bullying

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Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a social media manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and is addicted to organic milk, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.
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