Bully Prevention Programs and Bullying Support

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The Bully Frog Program
Program Objectives | Methodology | Format | Follow-up | Pricing
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade | 3rd Grade - 5th Grade | 6th Grade - 8th Grade

A Character Education program for both elementary and middle school, that finally gives educators, students and parents an entertaining, interactive and effective way to help students successfully deal with bullying and cyberbullying behavior.

Gain in-depth knowledge from the experts.  Learn skills and strategies to create a school environment where bullying is not acceptable.  The dangers of cyberbullying are discussed in great detail.  LIPEN, the LI Professional Education Network offers staff development, parent workshops and student programs (K-8th grades), designed to create a school atmosphere of zero tolerance for bullying.

Program Objectives

Participants will learn:
  • How to use empathy to create a climate in which bullying will not be acceptable
  • How to engage the “silent majority” of children who are the observers of the bullying behavior
  • The dangers of cyberbullying and online chat rooms
  • To distinguish between “tattling” and “telling”
  • To promise anonymity to those who come forward
  • To reclaim the bully as part of the group
  • To adopt a school-wide policy where “No Bullying is Allowed”

Methodology

  • We recommend that you start with the earliest grade level and facilitate student workshops for the entire grade
  • We conduct staff development, “Zero Tolerance for Bullying” for teachers and any ancillary staff
  • A parent workshop is presented either during a scheduled PTA meeting, or at a special day or evening speaker presentation
  • Bully Frog, an award winning children’s book on school bullying will be used as support material for grades K-5. Bully Frog Teacher cards with lesson plans are included for 3rd grade teachers.
  • The program uses a film, overheads and role-playing activities to create an interactive workshop
  • Teachers are provided with a portfolio of follow-up activities, lessons and materials

Format

  • 4 classes per day with maximum size of 40-50 students (combined) per session
  • 40-45 minute student sessions
  • Parent workshop 45 minutes during PTA or other meeting
  • Staff development as per contract language”

Follow-up

  • Bullying Prevention/Character Education Committee should be ongoing
  • Three months after completion of the Bully Frog program, there will be a scheduled follow-up meeting with staff
  • Annual training for new staff and new students

Pricing

Staff Development $400 as per teacher's contract
Parent Workshop $400 for 45 minutes
Students 4 Sessions/day at $1500/day
Materials are purchased seperately

Funding for this program may be available through any violence prevention grants under the SAVE Schools Act, Leave No Child Behind and through special education grants. We are also BOCES aidable.


Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Defining and understanding bullying: Students are taught what a bully is and what to do if they are being bullied or if they see someone being bullied. Never ignore a bully. Through classroom activites and the curriculum guide, students learn the tools necessary to express themselves. Children are taught that the silent majority, the 85% of students who do nothing or join the bully must be empowered to help the child being bullied. The students learn to stand up for the victim. In the elementary grades preK-2 students are taught to say “Stop It..No bullying allowed!”. Students learn that the bully is a coward who does his/her bullying when no adult is around. The silent majority stands up to the bully and takes his/her power away. Students learn to distinguish between tattling and telling, “Tattling hurts, Telling helps.” There is no evidence to indicate that conflict resolution or peer mediation is effective in stopping bullying. Conflict Mediation does not work for bullying situations. If the bully and the victim are brought together, you are victimizing the victim all over again



3rd Grade - 5th Grade

In an entertaining and interactive workshop, the Bully Frog professionals work with students (grades 3-5) to learn about bullying and what can be done to stop this behavior. They are taught about the 4 types of bullying; physical, verbal, relational (social) and intimidation. Starting in grade 4, students learn about the dangers of internet bullying, including text messaging. They are taught to identify bullying behavior and taught how to stand up to a bully. They learn about empowering the silent majority and understanding what empathy is. They learn how bullying can leave lasting scars on people. Through flim clilps, role-plays and classroom discussion, students are taught the tools to use to stop the bullying behavior. The Bully Frog curriculum, aligned with the NY State Standards in ELA is used by the classroom teacher to provide sustainability for the program. Every third grade student should receive a copy of Forlorn Frog’s Fantastic Valentine’s Day. This book focuses on relational aggression. This book helps children express their emotions, think creatively and becomes a teaching tool for parents to use with their child. Third grade teachers should receive the Forlorn Frog teacher cards which include lesson plans complete with vocabulary words, role-plays and class activities. Every room must have a Bully Frog poster as a visual reminder of the rules that say, “No Bullying Allowed.” Teachers receive classroom materials and activities that reinforce the Bully Frog Program.



6th Grade - 8th Grade

Defining and understanding bullying: National research shows that the problem of bullying peaks in the middle grades and starts to fall off in the 9th grade. In general, bullying occurs wherever there is the least structure and lack of supervision. Our program discusses where in school students feel safe or threatened. Professionals review the 4 types of bullying with students; physical, verbal, relational and intimidation. Students learn about the 5th type of bullying, which is cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying is the use of any communication technology, email, cell phones IM’s etc. to support deliberate, repeated and hostile behavior with the intention of harming others. Our programs deals directly with the horrific things that can be said on the web. The dangers of internet bullying, including text messaging, MYSpace.com, pedophiles, kidnapping are all discussed in detail. Boys are as likely as girls to be targeted on the internet by threats or efforts to humiliate them. Students are taught the 4 R’s of cyberbullying tips: Recognize, Refuse, Respond and Report. The Bully Frog Program deals directly with the horrific things that have been said online. Our professionals discuss sites that pedophiles frequent and how easy it is to find and even kidnap children they meet online. Prevention techniques are given out such as: don’t send message when you’re angry, delete messages from people you don’t know and NEVER give out revealing private information. When something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t……GET OUT OF THE SITE! Realize that online conversations are not private.

Empowering the Silent Majority
Through classroom activities and the curriculum guide, students learn the tools necessary to express themselves. Children are taught that the silent majority, the 85% of students who do nothing or join the bully must be empowered to help the child being bullied. The students learn to stand up for the victim. This is a cultural change where the “code of silence”, being a “rat” or a “snitch” is discussed. It is reinforced that “tattling hurts, telling helps.” Students must be promised anonymity if they have the courage to come forward.

Our professionals introduce the legal consequences of bullying as a child matures. Some acts of bullying by age 13 such as assault and robbery can become chargeable offenses. Through film clips and role plays, students in grades 6-8 are taught what sexual harassment is and its consequences.

Relational Aggression (Social Bullying)
Whispering, spreading rumors, excluding, humiliating are defined as bullying behavior. Through role-plays, film clips and interactive activities, the students are engaged in a dialogue about how relational aggression can affect the life of a child. During the program, the Bully Frog professionals act out forms of relational aggression such as whispering, staring and giggling. Later in the program, students are asked if that form of behavior is rude or insulting. Students are taught that by thinking outside the box, they can change the outcome of a situation. This leads to a discussion on how this form of bullying can have tragic results. The tragic loss of lives in our country, due to adolescent suicide (bullycide) is something that our program stresses in 6th grade on up. Actual case histories of suicides are discussed.

Victims Who Turn Into Bullies
Through examples of recent school shootings, trainers stress what happens when a victim becomes the aggressive bully. Seventy per cent of shooters had been bullied at some time in their lives and did not feel that they received adequate adult assistance. Empowering the silent majority is stressed and the New York subway directive ,“If you see something, say something” is discussed. Eric Harris (Columbine killer), in his email suicide note said: “Your children who have ridiculed me, who have chosen not to accept me, who have treated me like I am not worth their time are dead.” His motive was very clear and simple; to exact revenge for years of ridicule and rejection, and to make it STOP once and for all.