Free Persuasive Speech about Bullying

While bullying may seem like a simple enough speech topic, finding a unique way to approach the subject can actually be quite tricky. After all, with so many think pieces, articles, studies, and persuasive speeches on bullying already out there, how can you possibly say something that your listeners have never heard before?

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On this page, you will find a free downloadable example of a persuasive speech on bullying and an example of a professionally written outline. You’ll also get:

  • Examples of attention-grabbing openers, potential talking points, and helpful tips for ending lines.
  • Inspirational YouTube videos to help you practice your delivery.
  • A bibliography of resources.
persuasive speech about bullying

Speech Example

Below, you’ll find a free-to-download example speech on bullying written by a professional writer. Reading a professional persuasive essay is a great way to study how to make an effective argument and hone your own skills of persuasion! 

Number of words: 800
Number of pages: 3
Type: Persuasive
Duration: 10 minutes
Style: Casual / Informal
Download: Persuasive Speech about Bullying

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Below is our outline example for those of you who want to write their own speech but need some help with outlining and angle ideas.

Outline Example

In this section, you’ll find a ready-to-use outline of a bullying persuasive speech, with example introductory and concluding statements, plus helpful body topics. There is a lot that can be said about bullying, but it’s more important to be compelling than it is to be exhaustive, so pick a focus for your speech and keep your talking points on topic! Here are some ways you can approach the subject. 

Speech Characteristics

Topic

Topic 1# Methods to lessen the effect of bullying. 

Topic 2# The role of schools in preventing cyberbullying. 

Specific Purpose:

Topic 1# To persuade listeners to take an active role in preventing bullying and mitigating its effects. 

Topic 2# Schools should dedicate resources to preventing cyberbullying by and against students. 

Central idea: 

Topic 1# There are more things that everyone can and should be doing against bullying. 

Topic 2# Even when it takes place off school property and outside of school hours, schools have a responsibility to intervene in cyberbullying by and against their students. 

Speech Outline

  1. Introduction
    1. Attention grabber – The attention grabber, or hook, is the first part of your speech the audience will hear. Try to spend time on it and experiment with different attention-grabbing techniques. You need to focus the listener’s attention on you and get them interested in the topic you’re about to discuss. Here are a few ways you can do that:
      • Start with a personal story. Have you or a friend or family member ever been bullied? Can you speak to a significant event in your life that made you choose this topic?
      • Engage the audience directly with a question or a request. “Raise a hand if you or someone you love has ever been bullied. Now take a look around and ask yourself, if there’s this many people in this room invested in stopping bullying, why aren’t we working together?”
      • Share a shocking statistic: “Did you know that a full half of teens have experienced cyberbullying?”
    2. Thesis – The thesis statement is used to inform listeners of your stance on the subject and give them an idea of what your specific argument is going to be. Obviously, you’re against bullying, but what exactly are you trying to convince your audience of today? Here are some examples:
      • You might believe that if you’re not a bully yourself, you don’t have a responsibility to stop it, but there are actually a lot of things we could all be doing. We must actively find ways to prevent bullying and create protective community environments for children.
      • When it concerns their students, schools have a responsibility to intervene in cyberbullying, even if it takes place outside of school hours.
    3. Qualifications – The audience needs to trust you as a speaker, so you should always establish your qualifications to speak on the subject. You can discuss specific training you’ve received, your personal stake in the topic, or even your research methods. If you’re wondering how to establish credibility in a persuasive speech about bullying, here are some things to consider:
      • Have you or someone close to you been personally affected by bullying?
      • Have you yourself been a bully?
      • Are you a doctor, psychologist, or other type of medical professional?
      • Do you volunteer at a bullying prevention program?
      • Have you done primary research on bullying?
  2. Body

    Now that you’ve introduced your argument, it’s time to support your thesis with evidence and argumentation. Each body paragraph should focus on a main argument in support of your thesis, and you should have at least two factual arguments or points of analysis (supporting statements) for each main argument.

    1. Even if you’re not physically capable of directly interceding when bullying is happening, supporting the victims of bullying can make a major difference in how they move on from the experience. (Provide a point in support of your thesis.)
      1. Youths who self-blame and convince themselves they deserve to be bullied are more likely to encounter prolonged victimization, maladjustment, and depression. (Provide evidence that supports your point.)
      2. A 2017 Survey regarding the problems facing LGBTQ+ youth showed that students that had little to no supportive staff members at their schools were more than twice as likely to miss school because they felt unsafe, with 20.1% of students with support reporting missing school compared to 48.8% of students who did not have support at school. (Provide evidence that supports your point.)
    2. Cyberbullying has become increasingly frequent among teens and adolescents, which means that it is an issue that affects most students at a school in one way or another. (Provide a point in support of your thesis.)
      1. Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyberbullying. (Provide evidence that supports your point.)
      2. Not only that, but more than one in three young people have experienced cyberthreats online. (Provide evidence that supports your point.)
  3. Conclusion

    The last part of your persuasive speech about bullying is the conclusion. In this last section of your speech, you need to wrap up your speech while summarizing your arguments and your main thesis. The conclusion should contain three parts:

    1. Summary – Briefly remind the listeners of the arguments you’ve made and why they should agree with your position.
      • Whether it’s through direct intervention, support for the victim, or activism, we all have a personal responsibility to protect the victims of bullying.
      • When it comes to the widespread problem of bullying amongst students, schools must intervene to prevent negative effects not only on students’ academics, but also on their health and safety.
    2. Memorable ending / Audience challenge – End your speech with a powerful closing thought or recommend a course of action.
      • Bullies want to make their victims feel helpless, and maybe you in turn have started to believe that there’s nothing you can do about bullying. But that’s just not true.
      • The scariest thing about cyberbullying is how isolated it makes victims feel. But that just means it is more important than ever to reach out and make sure that victims know they’re not alone, and bullies know they’re not immune to consequences.
    3. Thank the audience for listening.
      • Thank you for listening to my speech and I hope my message sticks with you.
      • I hope we can start making a better future for our children together. Thank you for taking the time to listen to my speech.

YouTube Examples

Once your speech is written and ready to present, it always helps to practice your delivery! Below, you’ll find a number of example videos of persuasive speeches on bullying to inspire a performance that will convince your audience.

A stunning speech on bullying prevention delivered as part of TEDxYouth.

Tina Meir describes how her daughter’s tragic suicide due to bullying has motivated her to raise awareness of cyberbullying and its consequences.

Jeremy Anderson’s motivational speech gives advice on how to stop bullying. 

Works Cited

Cyber Bullying Statistics

Fast Facts: Bullying

Facts About Bullying | StopBullying.gov

Bullying Epidemic: Facts, Statistics and Prevention

Bullying Statistics: Breakdown by the Facts and Figures

Bullying Statistics – National Bullying Prevention Center 

Cite this article as: Jim Peterson, "Free Persuasive Speech about Bullying," in My Speech Class, April 12, 2022, https://www.myspeechclass.com/examples/bullying-persuasive.html.