It is one of the best conflict resolution bullying tools I have seen in the last 25 years of my work in public schools. All grade levels benefit!
Dealing with bullying is a difficult task for most young people. If not handled effectively, bullying can cause severe distress and can lead to physical injury and/or social withdrawal. Managed well, the negative impacts of bullying can be minimized and the bullying can be eliminated. This module demonstrates methods that children and young adolescents can use to effectively cope with bullying.
BeCool teaches students about the three basic ways we respond to bullying: Aggressively (HOT), Passively (COLD) or Assertively (COOL). In each of the video scenarios, children are challenged by a difficult person or situation. Your students will watch as their video peers hesitate and then model three different ways to respond to conflict: Giving Up (COLD), Blowing Up (HOT) or Staying in Control (COOL).
In this module your students will see how Jason and George avoid being “bully magnets” (being irresistible to bullies) by assuming an anti-victim demeanor. As children get older, the problems with bullying become greater and potentially much more dangerous. Your students need to become comfortable and prepared with a variety of correct responses that are more likely to diffuse bullying than escalate it. In another vignette, your class will see Jodi use the 4-Step Plan to counter the bullying peer pressure from her friends who want her to ditch school. Students encounter peer pressure every day, and they are challenged with greater and greater opportunities for getting into trouble or getting hurt, all in the name of friendship. In another scene they’ll watch Willie fend off the pressure to drink alcohol and will also see Brian “Talk the Talk” and then “Walk the Walk” as he talks to his teacher about his stolen backpack.
Students will watch how Taylor copes with Jay’s anger after accidentally bumping into him. In another vignette, they’ll see Morganne’s reaction to Dominic, who thinks she cheated playing a game.
The child who is ‘left behind’ most is the one who leaves school without transition readiness.
Dr. James Stanfield, Ed.D.