Elementary School Programs
Below you will find descriptions for our Bullying, Child Safety, and Internet Safety programs, as well as our scheduling guidelines. If you have questions about specific programs or scheduling, please call 610-692-1926 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elementary School Bullying Programs
Kindergarten through second grade programs are presented using a primary prevention approach, which involves teaching and encouraging welcoming behaviors to prevent bullying before it starts. While bullying is not the main concept discussed in the programs, strategies students can use to deal with a bully are presented. Third through fifth grade programs address conflict resolution strategies and the importance of bystanders in bullying situations.
Each student will receive a handout that reinforces key concepts explored through the program.
Students will participate in an introductory discussion on welcome and unwelcome behaviors. A storybook will be used to show young children how the choices they make affect the relationships they have with their peers. The story illustrates that poor choices negatively impact others, while good choices develop healthy friendships. Students will then explore the ways in which their choices affect the feelings of others. Finally, students will participate in an activity during which they identify kind behaviors that good friends demonstrate.
Through discussion and story-telling, positive interactions that can lead to a safer school community are presented by demonstrating the impact a student's choice can have on classmates. Presenters reinforce that there is no such thing as a bad person, just a person who makes a bad choice. As a follow-up activity, students will listen to short scenarios and decide whether the children involved are making good or bad choices. A coloring activity will be completed as the scenarios are read.
After an introductory discussion on welcome and unwelcome behavior, students will listen to a story that focuses on friends while addressing stereotypes and gender bullying. Students will learn how their choices and actions affect others on a daily basis. In addition, they will discuss strategies for helping a friend who is getting hurt by another student. Following the story, students will participate in a game in which they actively respond to friends in need. As the students model friendly behavior, they will advance in the game.
Students will identify physical, visual, and verbal examples of bullying. Group discussion will explore why a person might make hurtful choices, as well as the significance of the reactions of both the victim and the bystanders. Students also learn effective strategies for dealing with bullying situations. Finally, students will practice the strategies while engaging in an interactive game.
Students will participate in a question/answer game exploring the types of bullying addressed in previous years. They will also consider new concepts such as gender, social, and cyber bullying. The game is the framework for discussion on a variety of topics, such as why a person chooses to bully, the role of bystanders in bullying situations, and strategies for anyone who is getting hurt by a bully.
As students get older, it is important for them to be creative when not only dealing with a bullying situation but with conflict in general. After a broad overview of bullying, the fifth grade program introduces a series of conflict resolution strategies designed to teach students effective ways of handling conflict. The students will participate in a game in which they use the strategies to resolve conflict scenarios they may face during the school day.
Elementary School Child Safety Programs
This program is designed for students with cognitive disabilities to address personal safety and child abuse in a concrete manner. Good touches and bad touches are discussed as well as the safety rules of Say No, Go, and Tell Someone.
In a child friendly format, presenters will discuss good touches and bad touches through stories and role-playing. The program will stress to children their bodies belong to them and no one should ever touch them in a way that hurts them or makes them feel uncomfortable. The three safety rules of No, Go, and Tell are reinforced. Students also identify their "helper people," or those whom they could go to if they have a safety problem. A handout listing the safety rules is given to each child.
The safety rules of No, Go, and Tell are reinforced and children are encouraged to use the rules with any problem they may have, including strangers and people they know. The concepts of good touches, bad touches, and confusing touches are addressed in a fun and friendly format. Role-play activities and a video will be used to reinforce the message. Identifying safe adults to talk to when safety issues arise is discussed. A coloring handout displaying the three safety rules is distributed to each student.
In a child friendly manner, the presenter will discuss with students the concepts of strangers, personal safety, and welcome and unwelcome touches. They will identify adults they can trust and are encouraged to share their safety rules with these adults. Students will explore the concepts of “don’t know” and “kinda know” people and when to use their safety rules of No, Go, and Tell. A fun and interesting video will be used to reinforce the main points of the discussion.
The concepts of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse will be introduced in a sensitive and age-appropriate manner through class discussion and a video. Students learn how to deal with everyday challenges at home and at school, as well as uncomfortable situations with strangers and adults they know. The three rules for safety- No, Go, and Tell- are once again discussed. Children will identify support people they can turn to in the event they have a concern. A handout will be given to help students generate their own list of safe adults.
Students will identify the three types of abuse (physical, emotional, and sexual) and explore potentially unsafe situations. Following a video presentation of sensitive and age-appropriate scenarios, students will be given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the scenarios with the presenter. Students will identify the supportive adults in their lives and discuss ways to help a friend who may be in an unsafe situation. Finally, students will receive a handout with an activity helping them identify the feelings someone may experience in an abusive situations.
Presenters will begin with a brief overview of the three types of abuse so students with no prior experience with our safety programs can actively participate. A Jeopardy-style game is utilized to encourage learning, participation, and critical thinking. Students are divided into small groups and led through a structured activity which focuses on personal safety and on how to help a friend in an unsafe situation. Discussion serves to reinforce essential information. Using scenarios, students will practice safety planning and recognize feelings associated with abuse. Support people are identified and participants are given a handout on how to help a friend with an abuse problem.
Elementary School Internet Safety Programs
This program serves as an introduction to Internet Safety for elementary school students. Students will have the opportunity to share safety rules they use, both in "real life" and online. A fun and engaging video uses stranger safety rules students already know and applies those same rules to the Internet. Email, chat, and social networks are all applications addressed in the video. Students will apply the key points about Internet Safety to identify and discuss additional strategies to stay safe online in a short activity.
This program is designed to give students a space to discuss personal safety, especially as it pertains to the Internet. The presenter will review and help the students apply previously learned safety rules such as "don't talk to strangers" and "be aware of your surroundings" as tools to remain safe online. Cyber-bullying is also addressed. An interactive team game will be used to reinforce the tools discussed. Finally, students will be asked to develop their own rules for using the Internet safely and receive a handout which lists various safety rules to use while on the Internet.
In this program, students will increase their awareness and understanding of the possible dangers of the Internet and learn how to be responsible "digital citizens." Students will assess their own online behavior through a group activity, and then discuss their own Internet use to discover how to handle messages or incidents online that make them uncomfortable, angry, or confused. In a small-group activity, students will see how important it is to keep personal information, such as passwords and pictures, private. Resources to assist students with problems online, in school, and at home, are identified.
Note for all programs: Program content and activities can vary depending on the available time period. Other topics are available upon request.
All programs encourage students to recognize their right to be safe and to share concerns or incidents of abuse with a trusted adult. Additionally, a trained and certified PA Sexual Assault Counselor conducts all programs.
Scheduling Guidelines for Elementary School Programs
Child Safety programs consist of one (1) session per classroom. For each grade level, please allot the following times:
· Preschool: 30 minutes
· Kindergarten: 30 minutes
· Grades 1-5: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Due to the sensitive nature of the subject, it is imperative that presenters have ample time to address all topics. Shortened presentations hinder discussion, do not adequately address needs, and do not address concerns of the students.
*Please leave time prior to dismissal for presenters to meet with students.
Bullying programs consist of one (1) session per classroom. For each grade level, please allot the following times:
· Kindergarten: 30 minutes
· Grades 1-5: 45 minutes
Internet Safety programs consist of one (1) session per classroom. Please allot 45 minutes to 1 hour for each classroom.
Please be aware that for certain sessions, a TV/VCR (VHS) or DVD player will be required.
If there is a scheduling conflict regarding use of A/V equipment, or this equipment is not available at your facility, please notify us in advance so that we may change the program or the schedule.
Please do not plan to have more than one class in attendance per presentation.
Smaller class sizes (no more than 30 students) are more conducive of our lesson plans and discussions. We ask that you keep in mind the physical comfort of the students during the program by having appropriate space and seating available.
Please do not schedule more than 5 programs in the same day.
Due to the energy level and attentiveness that is required for these programs, it is difficult to maintain a high level of quality when more than five (5) programs per presenter are scheduled in the same day. We will be happy to return to the school for an additional day if necessary.
* We ask that there be a break for the presenters to have lunch.
* Please allow sufficient time for presenters to travel from one class to the next.
* Please support us in creating an opportunity for students to speak to the presenter after the program to discuss any personal questions or issues.