In this lesson, students will determine the behaviours that make someone an upstander, rather than a bystander of violence or bullying. They will work with others to develop and practise strategies for deflecting aggressive or bullying behaviours.
- understand that upstanders take action against the problem, rather than contributing to a problem.
- learn strategies to deflect aggressive or bullying behaviours.
- tell the difference between a bystander and an upstander.
- develop strategies for upstanders.
- work collaboratively with others to find solutions.
- apply verbal strategies for deflecting aggressive or bullying behaviours.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Years 7 & 8 Health and Physical Education:
- Practise and apply strategies to seek help for themselves or others (ACPPS072).
- Investigate and select strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS073).
General capabilities: Literacy, Personal and Social Capability
Relevant parts of Years 7 & 8 achievement standards:
Students investigate strategies and practices that enhance their own, others’ and community health, safety and wellbeing. Students apply personal and social skills to establish and maintain respectful relationships and promote safety, fair play and inclusivity. They demonstrate skills to make informed decisions, and propose and implement actions that promote their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing.
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work STOP the Coward Punch: HPE – Years 7 & 8
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate and provide support with collaborative activities and monitor the safety of role-playing activities.
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Social skills
These resources have been designed in partnership with Danny Green's STOP the Coward's Punch campaign.
Danny Green’s STOP the Coward Punch campaign was started in 2012 with the aim of raising awareness of the devastating effects of the coward punch on the community, including the physical and mental scars survivors, families and friends are left with for life.
STOP the Coward Punch believes in the right of all people to enjoy themselves, safely and free from violence. With support from entertainers, athletes, community leaders, politicians and everyday Australians, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the simple precautions we – as a community and as individuals – can take to ensure safe and enjoyable outings and, ultimately, reduce the number of coward punch occurrences in our communities.