(The names in this article have been changed for the sake of the students’ privacy.)
Using Rocketoons for Indoor Recess
“It’s the Cartoonversation Card that makes Rocketoons so effective. I asked the girls to go through the five discussion questions - the Cartoonversation Starters - together.
“The first question was easy for them, asking them to recall the four types of bullying covered in the video. But the rest of the questions required them to think more deeply and more critically, and to think about ways to help stop bullying.
“Rocketoons made it easy for the two of them to talk openly about bullying. There was no lecturing, no rehashing of events, no blaming, no crying. And while the girls haven’t become best friends, they both gained a better understanding of bullying and each other. We haven’t had another incident with that aggressor on the playground. This is an exercise I plan to use again and again.”
Studies referenced on StopBullying.gov have shown “that adults, including parents, can help prevent bullying by keeping the lines of communication open, talking to their children about bullying, encouraging them to do what they love, modeling kindness and respect, and encouraging them to get help when they are involved in bullying or know others who need help.” Addressing bullying is a multi-faceted solution, but all experts agree that ignoring bullying situations or aggressive behavior is NOT a solution.
The Bullies and the Bullied Suffer
Addressing bullying and behaviors that could lead to bullying is imperative for long term health and wellbeing, too. A 2017 study on bullying “showed that being a bully in childhood was associated with greater stress and aggression and poorer health behaviors in adulthood, whereas being a victim of bullies in childhood was associated with lower socioeconomic resources, less optimism, and greater unfair treatment in adulthood.”
Here are more facts about bullying available on the Cartoonversation Card for Episode 3: Bullyvision
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