Ages 6 to 11 years old
Bullying, intimidation and interpersonal conflict are something all children encounters in one form or another. Children struggle with being called names, being picked upon, being excluded, not knowing how to make friends, or being the ones acting unkindly or aggressively towards others. All forms of bullying are abusive and all are opportunities to teach children how to get along, how to be considerate people, how to be part of a community or group.
Children who are not bullied tend to have better social skills and conflict management skills. They are more willing to assert themselves about differences without being aggressive or confronting. They suggest compromises and alternate solutions. They tend to be more aware of people's feelings and are the children who can be most helpful in resolving disputes and assisting other children to get help.
They will learn the following in this Take-A-Stand program
- To identify what a bully is
- Recognising the behaviour of children that bullies
- Elements of effective communication
- Define Take A Stand and Advocacy
- Recognise bullying and their feelings as an observer
- Recognise bullying behaviours in themselves
- Learn how to apologise
- Learning the concept that works can hurt
- Emphasise that you have a right to tell someone
Children learn by doing. Role-play is what makes prevention of bullying and interpersonal conflict real for children who participate in our program.
Role-playing takes concepts and turns them into skills. Actually walking through situations and behaving your children practice different responses is what takes the ideas presented here from the level of a concept - or an idea - to a skill that is learned in the "muscles" and will never be forgotten.