Kids against Bullying"The puppets are wonderful and very effective in helping children feel comfortable with a difficult subject."
- A Minnesota teacher
The KIDS AGAINST BULLYING Puppet Program helps children and adults learn about bullying prevention. This exciting new puppet program was developed in response to requests from parents and teachers to supplement PACER’s Kids Against Bullying Web site .
KIDS AGAINST BULLYING features five endearing multicultural, child-size puppets that portray children with and without disabilities. These puppets have proven to be a comfortable medium through which to teach children about bullying prevention. Opportunities exist throughout the presentation for children to learn through dialogue and question/answer.
The program, designed for children in grades 1-3, addresses:
- The definition of bullying;
- Ways children can respond if they’re being bullied and how they can help if they see someone who’s being bullied;
- The difference between telling and tattling; and
- The important lesson that no one ever deserves to be bullied.
The program presents three skits focusing on different types of bullying (physical, verbal and social/exclusion) and lasts approximately 30 - 35 minutes. The presentation is interactive and includes opportunities for the students to share their ideas and ask questions.
The program includes:
- Carmen, who helps others confront bullying, and then is herself bullied
- Brad, who likes to tease and harass other kids,
- Mitch, who doesn’t know how to respond to Brad’s bullying behavior
- Sally, who uses a wheelchair and is being bullied by Shannon and some other kids
- Shannon, a popular girl who bullies others