Scale of violence

Goals of the exercise: To check our attitudes towards violence, i.e. how you treat violence and what does violence mean to you. Are you on the top of the scale of the violence and you support violence, or you are on the bottom of this scale so you are judging violence in every form of it.
Age of the participants: 14-17 years old
Number of participants: 30
Duration of the exercise: 30 minutes
Materials: Papers in two different colors (green and red)

Step by step

  1. The trainers already have the statements about the violence, so they are reading them in front of the group.
  2. The participants have in their hands few red and few green papers. With the green one they show that they agree with the statement, and with the red one they show that they disagree with it.
  3. After the trainer reads a statement, the participants should put one of the colored papers on the wall.
  4. In the end you will have wall full with colored papers.
  5. If most of them are red that means that the violence in the group is on high level, and if there are more green papers that means that the level of violent thinking in the group is low.

Types of statements

  • If I see my friends are fighting, I will split them and make the conflict disappear through conversation.
  • If someone is crying at school I will call my friends and make jokes of him/her.
  • If I see that the boys are making fun of the girls I will go and yell at him.
  • If someone tries to fight with me I will fight back.
  • Real friends will always help you when you are in trouble.
  • If my friend and I have different opinion for something that doesn’t mean that I’m right.
  • If I see that someone is making fun of my friend I will always find peaceful way to solve the problem.

Debriefing

  • Have you ever been a witness to such situations? If yes, how did you feel about it?
  • What do you think can be done to prevent violence?
  • How can we all contribute to prevent violent situations?

Authorship/adaptation or source: unknown source, adapted by Association PEL
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