Middle School Programs
Harassment: Rumors and Gossip
Handout: If you hear rumors or gossip, think before you act!
Unfortunately, emotional bullying, rumors, and gossip are part of daily life for middle school students. This program discusses the various forms of harassment that adolescents may face, specifically verbal and emotional. Students participate in an activity in which they differentiate between various pieces of “gossip”, and devise strategies to combat these words. The role of bystanders is also discussed to let the students know that rumors and gossip are everyone’s problem.
Internet Safety & Cyber-Bullying
Handout: “Stop, Block and Tell”
Internet, email, social networking sites, chat rooms, and even text messaging are all new avenues through which teens are now harassing one another or compromising their safety. This program uses activities and group discussions to address these issues in the cyber world. Students will view a short video clip about the importance of keeping personal information private online, and then participate in a trivia game consisting of questions about both Internet safety and cyber-bullying. The program concludes with a discussion of the students’ rights and responsibilities as members of the Internet community.
Handout: How to Help a Friend with an Abuse Problem
Our safety tips, summarized as No, Go, and Tell, are discussed with teenagers, reinforcing their rights to feel safe and be happy at school and in their home. Working in small groups, students brainstorm practical ways to say no to harassment and abuse, how to get out of an unsafe situation, and whom they can talk to about an abuse or harassment problem. Scenarios used in this program are realistic and could happen to any teenager.
Handout: Sexual Harassment: What is it? Why do people do it? What can we do?
This program brings audience participants together to explore and understand the causes, consequences and effects of sexual harassment. It also helps students to identify any sexual harassment problems that may currently exist, as well as provide resources to prevent future problems and promote positive change. The video “Be Cool” shows students the various ways they can deal with a sexual harassment problem, and opens a discussion in which students can to discover their feelings, examine their own attitudes and behaviors, and receive answers to commonly asked questions in a safe, supervised manner.
Handout: How Healthy is My Relationship?
At a time in their lives when relationships are beginning to change, students are asked to consider the qualities that are important to them in personal relationships. With their answers in the forefront of their minds, students discuss short scenarios involving teen relationships. Audience participants are encouraged to share opinions on how teen issues such as peer pressure, individual rights/boundaries, and drug and alcohol use affect the various relationships they may have in their life. Warning signs, concrete examples of controlling behavior and abuse, the cycle of violence, and the impact and consequences of abusive behavior (for both the victims and the perpetrator) are discussed at length. In closing, options and resources for both the victim and involved friends are reviewed.
The Link: Drugs, Alcohol, and Sexual Violence(can be 1 or 2 periods)
This two-session program discusses the correlation between drug and alcohol use and an increased risk of sexual violence. In the first session, students will learn about sexual violence, drug and alcohol use, and resources for help with problems associated with each issue. Small group brainstorming on realistic refusal skills and ways to get out of unsafe situations are discussed among the participants.
During the second session, the students use Drunk Busters Impairment Goggles to actually experience the difficulty in getting away from unsafe situation or dangerous people while under the influence of alcohol. Students will continue to discuss resources for coping with these issues, as well as how to assist a friend in need.
*This program is best presented over two class periods, but can be combined into one period if necessary. A program for parents is also available.
Note: Program content and activities can vary depending on the available time period.
*Other program topics 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 PA Sexual Assault Counselor conducts all programs.
6th through 12th GRADE PROGRAMS
Presentations should be scheduled in 1 period time slots.
*The Link: Drugs, Alcohol, and Sexual Violence is best presented over two class periods, but can be combined into one period if necessary.
Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, it is imperative that the presenter has ample time to address all topics. Shortened presentations hinder discussion and do not adequately address the needs and/or concerns of the students.
Please be aware that for certain sessions, a TV/VCR or DVD player will be required.
If there is a scheduling conflict regarding use of A/V equipment, please notify us in advance so that we may change the program or the schedule. Also, please make sure the equipment is functioning properly before our visit.
Please do not plan to have more than one class in attendance per presentation.
We ask that you keep in mind the physical comfort of the students during the program. If class sizes are large (larger than 30-35 students), it can quickly become unpleasant for everyone in an average size classroom. Apart from the considerations of comfort, smaller groups are also more conducive to discussion.
Please do not schedule more than 5 programs in the same day.
We ask that you consider the physical limitations of the presenter when creating the schedule. Because of the energy level and attentiveness that is required for safety 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 presenters to have lunch.
*Please allow ample time for the presenters to travel from one class to the next.
*Please support us in creating an opportunity for students to speak with the presenters after the program to discuss any personal issues or questions.
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