TRADITIONAL  ASSEMBLIES

These programs are available for groups of 300 students or fewer. 

​Important note: Due to our efforts to maintain developmental appropriateness, it is not possible for us to service an entire K-5 school in two presentations. We know this can present a difficult choice for schools, but it is in students’ best interest.​

Bullying & Cyberbullying Basics- Grades K-1:  (approximately 20-25 minutes)

 An interactive group presentation designed to help children develop the appropriate vocabulary to understand and deal with bullying issues in schools.  Children are introduced to roles and emotional responses associated with bullying.  Appropriate ways to deal with bullying are discussed and students will have an opportunity to role play and share their ideas and strategies. There is also a discussion of the difference between accidents that may happen and bullying.

Bullying & Cyberbullying Basics- Grades 2-3*: (approximately 30-35 minutes)

During this interactive group assembly, students are introduced to key concepts and terms used in discussing bullying. There is a discussion about the difference between conflict and bullying and students are presented with different scenarios to help them identify whether those scenarios depict conflict or bullying. Basic information about cyberbullying is presented, such as the concept that using disrespectful language toward others online can be very damaging and hurtful. We talk about how to cope with different types of bullies and cyberbullies, and how to be a good friend and classmate. The importance of talking to adults about bullying and cyberbullying is emphasized. The presentation also encourages students to support their peers and introduces different ways for them to provide that support. Students are encouraged, throughout the presentation, to talk about bullying with others and not to keep it a secret.

*Please note – given the variability in school districts, it is up to school personnel whether 4th graders are included in the 2-3 presentation or the 5-6 presentation.

Bullying and Cyberbullying Basics- Grades 5-6: (approximately 55 minutes).

This assembly is designed to help students define and understand bullying, cyberbullying, and relational aggression. Students will gain a clearer understanding of the difference between conflict, drama, and bullying. Online safety is discussed and students are educated about the dangers of disclosing too much online, such as sending or posting inappropriate photos. Students will gain awareness about how serious and hurtful words and actions online can be. The presentation also offers students practical advice for avoiding problems online. Concrete tools and tips for dealing with bullies in school and online are presented. Advice for bystanders is also provided.

Bullying and Cyberbullying Basics- Grades 7-8 (approximately 55-60 minutes).

This assembly discusses issues of bullying, cyberbullying, relational aggression, and Internet safety. The difference between bullying and other social problems is discussed. Students’ will gain awareness of how social cruelty can negatively impact the school environment and their social lives. Digital communications and behaviors are discussed in detail including topics such as: the absence of privacy online, how digital communications can increase the likelihood of miscommunications and often lead to the escalation of social problems, and the seriousness of sexting. This presentation leaves students with practical tools and tips for interacting online and concrete strategies for how to best deal with bullying and cyberbullying situations.

Bullying & Cyberbullying Basics- Grades 9-12 (approximately 60 minutes).

This assembly discusses cyberbullying and the safe use of technology in greater detail than the other student assemblies. There is a growing trend among older students to use technology as a way to bully. The assembly is designed to educate students about the potential consequences of their online behavior on themselves, their families, and their communities. Students are asked to begin thinking about the impression they leave with others based on their profiles, words, and behavior online. An especially important point for this age group is to discuss how their online choices can impact their future (i.e. college acceptance, job opportunities) and their friendships. There are many misconceptions among this age group about online “privacy.” Privacy issues are explored in detail, with an emphasis on social networking sites and sexting. Students are offered advice on how to handle bullying and cyberbullying situations for themselves, their friends, and their classmates.

*NEW* Digital Citizenship Grades 6-12 (approximately 60 minutes).

This presentation explores the impacts of technology and social media on students’ social lives, perceptions, and behaviors. It is no doubt that technology and social media have infiltrated the lives of children and teens everywhere; the average teen spends about 9 hours per day on some form of technology. The frequent use and ubiquitous nature of technology has changed all of our lives in many ways - some good, some challenging, and some just new. During this one hour long presentation, students will think critically about these topics using discussion questions and examples. Topics covered include: how social media and technology can provide a source of support for a variety of issues; the tendency of conflicts and social problems to escalate online and why that happens (e.g. misinterpretations); the benefits of handling some things in person; the impacts of technology and social media on our emotions (e.g. FOMO); how the media we use manipulates us; importance of and ideas about privacy; when and where “no tech” might be a good thing; distinguishing real from fake in the online world; and the positive impacts of social media and technology in our lives.

 

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