In this activity, children are presented with scenarios describing various bullying problems (physical, verbal, and relational); their task is to discuss and practice the best response to each situation.
Bullying is different from other social problems children may face.
For example, while conflict may be solved through negotiation and compromise, bullying cannot because it involves a power imbalance—the bully has more power than the victim.
Present the children with a pre-bullying problem that might occur in their classroom (without using real names).
Talk about how your problem-solving team might solve this problem, and have the children select the Solution Cards that would work best to solve that problem.
Tell children that they will work together as a problem-solving team to solve a pre-bullying problem—a hurtful behavior (verbal, physical, or relational) that, if not stopped, may turn into bullying.
Give children an example of what a pre-bullying behavior might look like: Explain that when you’re faced with a problem, there are things you should tell yourself and there are things you should tell others.
Due to the restricted funds of the child care program, the teacher could buy only one.
The teacher observed one boy trying to forcefully grab the toy from a girl.
The teacher asks you how to handle the situation with that preferred toy and how to support children to solve common social problems.
Preschool children learn best from the everyday experience solving problems which are meaningful to them.