A Song for Anti-Bullying

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Overview: 

This activity involves a simple song that can help younger students deal with the issue of bullying and bullies.

When students are bullied, they are often reluctant to let teachers and parents know. Children need to learn at an early age that it’s okay to let others know that they need help.

Before singing the song, share a simple definition of “What is bullying?” The melody we use is from a common song that most children know: “If You’re Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands.” Lyrics were created by Francie Shafer with teachers Dani Davis and Leslie Johnson.

Directions for actions to accompany the song are in parentheses.

THE ANTI-BULLYING SONG
If you need help with a bully, CLAP your hands (Clap twice, 1, 2)
If you need help with a bully, CLAP your hands
If you need help with a bully and can’t talk to anybody
If you need help with a bully, CLAP your hands

If you’re teased and you’re sad, STOMP your feet (Stomp twice 1, 2)
If you’re teased and you’re sad, STOMP your feet
If you’re teased and you’re sad and it really makes you mad
If you’re teased and you’re sad, STOMP your feet

If you’re happy with yourself, GIVE a smile (Use fingers and press on cheeks to form a smile)
If you’re happy with yourself, GIVE a smile
If you’re happy with yourself and can GIVE others help
If you’re happy with yourself, then LEND a hand

Using a familiar song with a rhythmic beat can inspire students to use alternatives to bullying situations rather than resorting to name-calling or fighting. It could also serve as an introduction to this serious topic. Providing a few clues as signals to defuse a situation may help students lose the “bystander syndrome” that perpetuates bullying.

Francie Shafer
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Illinois