What’s Happening Here? Revealed!

This image was taken from our BeCool Conflict Management series.  It is from the Middle School series module, Coping with Bullying.

This picture clearly depicts a boy who is being harassed and tormented by his peers. It seems as though there is no way out for him… It’s 4 against 1…what can he do? If you look closer, you will notice that this boy is taking a COLD approach…meaning he is playing into the role of “victim”. Look at his body language. He is hunched over, turned away from the bullies, has a sad expression and has his head is down. This kind of behavior sends the message that he is willing to continue to be subjected to bullying from his peers.

Drawbacks of passive responses to bullying include more bullying, negative thoughts about self, and feelings of anger, frustration or sadness. The COLD response may bring temporary relief from the bullying, however, this short-term relief will be outweighed by the negative long-term consequences.

So what can he do instead? Having a HOT reaction and becoming angry, violent and aggressive might cause fighting, injury, retaliation and punishment from authority figures.  Instead, he can take a COOL approach to bullying. Assertive or COOL responses to bullying involve acting self-confident, deciding if the bully is dangerous, trying to reason with the bully, or leaving to get help if the bully is dangerous.

Share these helpful tips with your students and remind them when they are faced with a difficult situation or person:

Don’t be HOT, Don’t be COLD, Be COOL!

Thank you for participating in “What’s Happening Here? “Look out for a new image on Monday!

©2013 James Stanfield Company. All Rights Reserved.

The Stanfield Way

The child who is ‘left behind’ most is the one who leaves school without transition readiness.

Dr. James Stanfield, Ed.D.

Stanfield Special Education Curriculum

VideoModeling® Programs

VideoModeling® is a ground-breaking teaching concept originated by the James Stanfield Company that’s used in thousands of public and private schools across America and Canada for special education needs.

Read More
Journaling, mediation, and intentional talk aren’t just for adults. 5 ways we can facilitate healthy management of mental health in our children.

James Stanfield Co.

My students were glued to the screen. Love Stanfield’s humor. This is the way to teach social skills.

Susan Simon, Principal

Using Humor to Teach Social Skills

Humor = Retention

We believe you learn best when you laugh. By making the classroom experience more comfortable and enjoyable, humor can make teaching and learning more effective, especially for the K12 segment. At Stanfield, we use humor as an integral part of our curricula.

If you as a speaker don’t help your audience to remember your lessons, then you’re wasting everyone’s time. Humor… can help accomplish that needed retention…

Gean Perret, Screenwriter
Learn more
Newsletter Image
Newsletter Image
Sign Up to receive news alerts, special offers & promotions.
Sign up now!

As a thank you for signing up for emails, you’ll have advance notification of exclusive offers, new offerings, and more.