Understanding & Ending Bullying
21st century bullies have mastered the art of blending in with the crowd, flying under an adult’s radar, and wreaking havoc in subtle ways. Today’s intimidators often top an adult’s “what-a-nice-kid” list and make their way into their victims’ inner circle before showing their true colors. Blink, and even the most astute observer may miss the bully’s hostile actions the first few times around. While bullying tends to peak in the middle school years, it is clear that this vicious behavior has its roots as early as elementary school. Too often, friendship is the weapon of choice for covert but soul-crushing tactics like social exclusion, humiliation, and rumor-spreading.
Signe’s trainings, based on her books 8 Keys to End Bullying: Strategies for Parents and Professionals and Friendship & Other Weapons: Group Activities to Help Young Girls Cope with Bullying provide information, activity ideas, and clear-cut strategies for what adults can do to understand and change bullying in their 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, youth care professionals, and parents 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 and parents 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.
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Elementary & Middle School Students (45-60 minutes)
In these interactive presentations, students will participate in engaging games, strength-discovering exercises, and hands-on activities to learn important skills for understanding and effectively managing bullying, including:
- Recognizing the Red Flags of Relational Aggression
- Using Technology and Social Media Ethically
- Becoming an Ally to Others Facing Bullying
- Skills for STANding up to Bullying
- Connecting with Healthy Friendships
- Resolving Conflicts Assertively
By creating safe, open, and fun forums, participants of all ages can talk, listen, compare experiences, and gain new skills for confronting incidents of cruelty disguised among peers.
Assembly organizers can select from the topics above to create a unique, hands-on experience for students.
Mothers & Daughters (Customizable half and full-day workshops)
Parents often struggle with the question of, “Should I intervene in my daughter’s friendship problems?” The line between helicopter and hands-off parenting can get confusing, as adults waver between wanting to protect their daughters from any kind of hurt and believing that girl fighting is an inevitable rite of passage.
Mother-daughter seminars bring moms and girls together to address such topics as picking healthy friendships, standing up to bullying, and using social media wisely. Girls gain from learning how to talk about the nature of girl bullying and friendship challenges with their parents while Moms benefit from learning the red flags of relational aggression in today’s social media landscape. Mother-daughter workshops help open the lines of communication and foster trusting relationships between parents and children.
For more information about any of the workshops described above, independent use of the Friendship & Other Weapons curriculum, or to arrange a customized workshop in your area, please contact Signe at Signe@SigneWhitson.com