Grades 6 – 8
*Bullying: It’s Not Elementary*
This program focuses on the following topics:
- identifying bullying behaviors (physical, mental/emotional, social)
- understanding the impact that behavior has on victims
- understanding why bullying occurs
- what to do if you or someone else is being bullied
Bystander intervention is also discussed, and tips are given to help students understand that bullying is not just about the victim and the bully: it affects everyone, and bystanders can make a difference.
We use interactive discussion, videos, and role-playing activitites to help the students build on their existing knowledge and gain a better understanding about the impacts of bullying as well as the bigger picture.
*Relationships: Where Does Yours Fit?*
This program focuses on definitions of healthy and unhealthy relationships through discussion of relationship expectations.
It also covers other relevant lessons, including:
- why unhealthy relationships are undesirable (including statistics and escalation)
- ways to evaluate if a relationship is healthy
- warning signs that a relationship might be becoming unhealthy
- a discussion of priorities
The program ends with tips for building a healthy relationship and ways to leave one that is unhealthy.
*Sexual Harassment: What’s It All About?*
This program discusses behaviors that constitute sexual harassment and creates and understanding of the impact of such actions on victims.
Through role play and sample scenarios, students identify situations in which sexual harassment may occur. The students then learn how to prevent sexual harassment as well as what to do if sexual harassment does occur.
*Playing It Safe on the ‘Net*
This program is designed to help students identify potential dangers on the Internet, such as spam, harassment, pornography, and predators.
We use interactive discussion and a PowerPoint presentation to help the students understand the following topics:
- Steps to prevent a possible encounter
- Possible reactions they may experience should they come across potential dangers
- What to do if encountering dangers
Through the use of interactive discussion and PowerPoint, the program discusses the many different ways cyberbullying can occur (via cell phones, tablets, online gaming, etc.) and the consequences for both the victims and the offenders.
Other topics discussed are:
- Risk reduction techniques
- Steps to take if a student is a victim
- Tips for bystanders
*R.I.V.E.T. (Reducing the Impact of Violence by Empowering Teens)*
The goal of this three session program is to reduce the impact of violence on the lives of teens and the community they live in through empowerment and awareness.
Through the use of a video, interactive activities, and discussion, teens are given the opportunity to understand the following:
- Consequences of uncontrolled anger that often leads to violent behavior
- How this violent behavior impacts victims and the community
- Alternatives to violence and means to increase their self-esteem in the final session