DISCUSSION / GAME BASED ASSEMBLIES
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.
Interactive Game Based- Grades 4 -12 (approximately 60 - 90 minutes). See breakdown of groups below. Game-based Assemblies cover the same content as our traditional assemblies in an interactive way. MARC staff have developed game based programming to allow students to discuss difficult topics in a fun and interactive way. The premise for this program is that most students have been hearing about bullying and related topics for many years, from many people, and in many formats but are rarely asked to think critically about the issues and work together to talk about solutions. The idea is to have students work in small groups to share and discuss ideas all while having fun. School staff should split their students into 15 groups before the presenter arrives making sure to avoid grouping students with their close friends.
Grades 4-5: (approximately 60 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.
Grades 5-6: (approximately 60-90 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.
Grades 7-12 (approximately 60-90 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.
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