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Featuring Tom Thelen, Founder of No Bullying Schools

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How to Respond to Bullying

Mental Health Speaker Jordan Carson, and No Bullying Schools founder Tom Thelen, discuss how to respond to bullying incidents in the first episode of our new webcast, presented by

Student Video Lesson 1

Upon completion, students will be able to…

  1. Compare and contrast the outcomes of forgiveness versus bitterness.
  2. Demonstrate how forgiveness is a universal value.
  3. Identify trusted adults they can talk to when experiencing hardships.

VIDEO RUN TIME: 7 mins, 18 seconds

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Whiteboard or chalkboard

What do you think it means for someone to be “Victimproof?”

Why do you think victims of bullying often turn into bullies?

What happens when you hold onto bitterness and unforgiveness?

How is forgiveness like setting yourself free?

How can you help other students at your school become victimproof?

A.  Write the words “FORGIVENESS” and “BITTERNESS” at the top of the whiteboard. Have the students suggest different outcomes that come from living a life of forgiveness versus a life of bitterness. Discuss the differences.

B.  Break into groups of three or four. Have the students discuss (or research online) historical figures who have embraced the ideas of forgiveness and non-violence. (MLK Jr, Ghandi, etc.)

C.  SAY THIS: Tom’s secret to success was that he 1) Got help from and adult. And 2) Learned to let go of the pain through forgiveness. How are both of these steps necessary for leading a healthy and safe life? (List the ideas on the whiteboard.)

Write a paragraph on how the universal value of forgiveness could help you develop into a more healthy person. At the end of the paragraph include a list of trusted adults you can talk to when you’re having a difficult time in life. Turn in the assignment the next day for credit.

Student Video 2

Upon completion, students will be able to…

  1. Define what it means to be “Victimproof” per the video lesson.
  2. Identify the common reasons why so many students play the blame game.
  3. Illustrate what the word “Victimproof” means to them through an art project.

VIDEO RUN TIME: 2 mins, 47 seconds

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Whiteboard or chalkboard

What does it look like when students have a victim mindset?

Why do you think it’s so easy to play the blame game?

Do you believe you’re responsible for your own happiness?

Define the term “victimproof” in your own words.

What kinds of tough decisions will help you become victimproof?

A.  Break into groups of three or four. Have each group create their own definition of “Victimproof.” After about five minutes stop the activity and give each group a turn to present their definition.

B.  Compare and Contrast someone who has a victim mindset versus someone who is victimproof. How does each person respond to the following scenarios: 1) Someone at school tells you you’re no longer wanted in their group. 2) A photo of your backpack is posted on Instagram with the caption “a real winner.” 3) Someone makes fun of you for the music you like.

C.  Write “BLAME GAME” at the top of the whiteboard. Have each group come up with at least three reasons why students play the blame game. Then add the reasons to the whiteboard.

Create a piece of artwork using any medium (pencil and paper, paints, clay, etc) that represents the idea of being “victimproof” to you. Bring the project back to class by _______________ and be prepared to show the group and explain what it means to you.


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