Understanding and Ending Bullying: Strategies for Parents, Professionals & Students
Signe’s presentations are based on her books, 8 Keys to End Bullying: Strategies for Parents & Schools, The 8 Keys to End Bullying Activity Program, and Friendship & Other Weapons: Group Activities to Help Young Girls Cope with Bullying. Trainings, workshops, and assemblies offer practical information, engaging activities, and clear-cut strategies for building cultures of kindness and bringing an end to bullying in schools, treatment programs, communities, and families.
Bullying among school-aged children is a widespread problem in the United States. If there was a one-size-fits-all solution to the problem, it would have been suggested and implemented long ago. Getting a handle on bullying is a complex challenge that leaves many educators, administrator, counselors, and youth care professionals feeling overwhelmed and helpless. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that “big” solutions are trumped each and every day by the small, powerful acts that trustworthy adults can use to signal to individual kids that their dignity is paramount and that their safety will be prioritized. Signe’s workshops for professionals focus on the most important, impactful things that adults can do to confront and change bullying in schools, treatment programs, communities, and families. Using video, discussion, role play, and many hands-on ideas and activities, Signe demonstrates the many ways that adults can play a role in changing the culture of bullying.
Signe makes every effort to customize in-service trainings to your staff’s schedule and interests. The most common time frame for professional trainings is 60-90 minute sessions…but she’d love to strategize and problem-solve with you all day if you have the time!
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“To intervene or not to intervene?” Parents often struggle with the question of when and how to help young people deal with troubling dynamics related to conflict and bullying. As a mother of two daughters, Signe relates to parents on a personal level, while sharing professional insights and research-based strategies about the most effective ways to end bullying. In 60-90 minute workshops, Signe shares:
- Keys differences between rude, mean, and bullying behavior
- Activities for building key social-emotional skills in kids
- Information and advice for cultivating digital citizenship and dealing with cyberbullying
- Specific wording for stopping bullying whenever it is observed directly
- How to listen so that young people will talk about bullying with parents
Through interactive workshops and assemblies, students participate in engaging discussions, skill-building scenarios, and hands-on activities to learn practical strategies for bringing an end to bullying. Signe aims to customize every student presentation based on the needs identified by each school. Most requested programs include:
- #Words Matter: Students learn the key difference between rude, mean & bullying behaviors and gain specific strategies for responding effectively to each one. This 45-60 min presentation is highly interactive and uses realistic scenarios and small group work to help kids understand and relate to the key concepts.
- SMALL Things Kids Can Do to Make a BIG Difference in Stopping Bullying: Students learn the key role they play in bringing an end to bullying in their classrooms and schools by intervening in small but powerful ways, such as a smile, an offer to sit with someone at lunch, a friendly text, or a kind word at the right time. Kids commit to a personal ‘1 thing’ that they will do to reach out to others at school anytime they become aware that bullying is happening. This 45-60 min presentation uses extensive student participation to build practical skills.
- Cultivating Digital Citizenship and Deleting Cyberbullying*: Students learn 10 relatable rules for enjoying technology without falling prey to the common pitfalls of social media and dirty digital footprints. This interactive presentation is scheduled in 45-60 minutes time blocks.
- Additional Topics for Small Group Workshops:
- Recognizing the Red Flags of Relational Aggression
- Words Matter: Using Meek, Mean, and Mean It Voices to Stop Bullying
- Overcoming Obstacles to Standing Up for Peers
- Connecting with Healthy Friendships
- Resolving Peers Conflicts with Dignity
In safe, open, and fun forums, participants of all ages talk, listen, compare experiences, and gain new skills for confronting incidents of cruelty among peers.
Recent Feedback from Participants:
–Things have been going so well since your visit. My lower school teachers have been following up with their students everyday on kindness activities and we have heard from several students and parents that there is a change here. Of course the important thing is to keep it going! Thank you again for all that you shared with us and for such a healthy path you’ve put us on. Julie Schlossinger, Head of the Lower School, Vail Mountain School
–Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre would like to thank and acknowledge, Signe Whitson for the time she invested with us this past weekend. Along with Mark Freado, Signe visited Windy Hill and spent time with 20 Youth from our P.A.Y.E Program. Her expertise and warm nature was welcomed and appreciated by all those she connected with. Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre is grateful for the care and compassion she has shown to our young people. Blair St. Germaine, Program Support Coordinator, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
–Signe is accommodating, helpful, and knowledgeable about bullying. She was able to answer questions and gave great feedback.
-Well prepared,practical, and useful information. I feel infinitely more prepared to handle bullying issues in my classroom and in the hallways.
–I learned how important building positive relationships with students can be in preventing bullying.
–Whitson blasts a hole in the darkness, providing useful information on how this form of persecution can be halted. (Kirkus Reviews)
-Whitson shines when she approaches anti-bullying from a teaching framework . . . . Whitson’s overall emphasis on having conversations with kids, exchanging ideas, and fostering mutual agreement will undoubtedly benefit both parents and children. (PsychCentral).
–I saw that the girls were understanding and getting into the program. As a Girl Scout Troop Leader and a Service Unit Manager, I would strongly recommend the Book and Program to other Girl Scout Troops. It was very informative and it was at a level that the girls understood.