Kids are joining gangs as a way of protecting themselves from bullying and violence.
Explore ways of dealing with bullying.
- Meanings of confrontation and diffusion
- Ways of dealing with bullying
- Reflect on how their behaviour affects others
Read through these comments posted by kids on the Newsround website, ask the group to give their views.
[A] I don't like gangs because if you don't belong in one in your class, you just get left out, because they don't let new people in.
Judith, 14, South London
[B] I don't think it's the gang itself, I think it's the people who are in it.
Helena, 13, Grimsby
[C] Gangs are fine. I happen to be in one but we get accused of things we haven't done because we go out in a large group, we are not loud or abusive to anyone.
Ellie, 14, Hull
[D] I don't think gangs are a bad thing. Lots of people associate gangs with drugs, drink and bullies. They aren't all a bad thing. Lots of gangs are just a group of friends that stick up for each other.
Dorz, 11, Ireland
[E] I'm like Tiesha from Aldershot Iżm in a gang and all we do is have a laugh and we certainly wouldn't bully anyone
Hannah, 10, Hailsham
[F] One of my best friends is hoping to leave our school and move because she's being bullied by a gang of kids who think they are "cool" and therefore a cut above the rest of us.
Hazel, 11, Cambridge
[G] I think gangs are like sheep. They all do the same as one another. And usually what they are doing is bad.
Gareth, 13, London