Family First Friday: Prevent Bullying with Captain Compassion

“Alki’s Family and Community Engagement hosted a presentation and discussion about bullying with our Social Worker Jennifer Greenstein for our PTA’s Family First Friday last week. Together we learned the facts about bullying, the signs of bullying, the reasons bullying occurs, and what our community can do to stop bullying at Alki. We hope each family and student learned ways to feel empowered to improve our school’s climate through kindness.Special thanks to Erica Sullivan, Courtney Tietler and Mike U-B for working to find ways to interact with our community during virtual events. We used instant polling questions so families felt connected with one another and could answer questions to share their experiences with everyone. Last but not least, we all appreciate Jennifer Greenstein’s guidance and expertise throughout our discussions and Q&A session after the presentation.As we learned, this is a social phenomenon happening in schools all across the globe. There is no easy or quick fix to the problem. But as a community we have the power and an obligation to do our part to stop bullying. Alki families took interest in learning how we can make a difference in someone’s life.”
-Mel Spiker
Family & Community Engagement

 

– Bully Prevention Supports –

Sesame Street Bully Prevention Series

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTYimbhERZQ

Children need to know what bullying looks like…and what to do about it. Sesame Street in Communities brings free video content of everyone’s favorite, furry Muppet friends as they help children and the adults in their lives reach their highest potential. Grover and the gang will tackle a variety of topics that face children in the areas of health and well-being, school readiness, and emotional well-being. Some of the content and topics presented are more sensitive, so you should preview these videos before sharing with a child. For free resources and tips, follow us at http://www.facebook.com/SesameStreetI
… or visit us at https://SesameStreetinCommunities.org

 

Cartoon Network Stop Bullying Campaign

https://www.cartoonnetwork.com/stop-bullying/

Stop Bullying: Speak Up is Cartoon Network’s award-winning, multi-platform pro-social initiative that addresses bullying among kids – what to do when you see it and how to stop it before it starts. The site has interactive worksheets and puzzles and games that kids love, starring the networks favorite characters.

 

Anti-Bullying Week 2020 Guide for Parents

This is a program in the United Kingdom proven to be successful by case study and
success stories shared by district and families. The guide will provide families with
conversation starters, definitions of different types of bullying, signs of bullying and
how to help your child advocate for themselves and their peers against bullying.

 

It has become a commonplace idea that failure is good for kids, and builds resilience. But when children fail over and over and don’t have the support to keep trying, all they learn is that they’re failures. Resilience comes not from failing, but from the experience of learning that you can pick yourself up, try again, and succeed. That requires at least some experience of success, and lots of emotional support.

PACER Organization

PACER is supportive of all persons who desire to be free and safe in their own communities. We are aware of the history of racism and social injustice in this country that needs to be changed. The tragic death of Mr. Floyd has highlighted the injustices in our country. Let’s work to ensure just systems for all families. We can do better.

 

Stop Bullying

When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying, they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.

 

Teach your Child to be an Includer by PBS

While many bully prevention programs aim to put an end to negative behaviors in the classroom setting, teaching kids prosocial behaviors empowers them to make positive choices both in school and out in the world. It’s not enough to teach kids what not to do; we also have to teach them what to do to promote kindness and compassion among their peers.

 

– Activities and Suggested Reading –

Kindness Catcher

Visit Pacer Center’s website and print this template of a Kindness Catcher. Kids love folding these trinkets and using them to play with their friends. Pacer is a division of the National Bullying Prevention Center, both websites house an extensive amount of trusted information and resources about bullying for family members, child advocates and children.
Visit their websites at:
www.pacer.org/bullying – for adults

For the Birds Worksheet

https://www.liveworksheets.com/2-bz71324nk

We created this interactive drag and drop worksheet that accompanies the short we watched called For the Birds. It is available online and asks kids to drag the captions from the right column and match them with the picture frame taken from the movie. The activity teaches inference and meaning of non-verbal behavior and cues.

 

Marlene, Marlene, Queen of Mean (Read Along)

Marlene is the self-appointed queen of the playground, the sidewalk, and the school. She is small but mighty intimidating! Known for her cruel ways, the little Queen of Mean has kids cowering in fear until big Freddy stands up to her and says what everyone has been too fearful to say. In Seussian rhyme, actress Jane Lynch, clinical psychologist Lara Embry, and former children’s book editor A. E. Mikesell gently and comically depict the undoing of a bully and her efforts to reform. Tricia Tusa’s charming illustrations make the story an even more accessible conversation starter for all ages.

 

 

-School Surveys-

2020 Alki Family Engagement Survey and Results:

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On September 13, 2020, Alki PTA Family and Community Engagement Committee created this survey to help plan our 2020-2021 virtual events.  The survey is still live and will be open to responses until November 15, 2020.
Results can be viewed after completing the survey. If you have any questions or ideas about family engagements, please email face@alkipta.com.

 

  • Alki School of Excellence Survey Results (2019)
National PTA decided to extend the Program into the 2020-2021 school year, due to COVID-19 pandemic. Alki is well positioned to continue our work to strengthen our family/school partnerships and improve our school climate.  Our PTA could be nationally recognized as a leader in child advocacy. Stay tuned for ways you can be involved in this important work. Email face@alkipta.com with questions.

 

  • Seattle School District School Climate Survey
Surveys are administered in the spring of each school year to all families, school staff, and students grades 3 through 12. Results are used to guide improvements at the school and district level.

Family First Friday: Anti-Bullying – Meet Captain Compassion

“Alki’s Family and Community Engagement hosted a presentation and discussion about bullying with our Social Worker Jennifer Greenstein for our PTA’s Family First Friday last week. Together we learned the facts about bullying, the signs of bullying, the reasons bullying occurs, and what our community can do to stop bullying at Alki. We hope each family and student learned ways to feel empowered to improve our school’s climate through kindness.Special thanks to Erica Sullivan, Courtney Tietler and Mike U-B for working to find ways to interact with our community during virtual events. We used instant polling questions so families felt connected with one another and could answer questions to share their experiences with everyone. Last but not least, we all appreciate Jennifer Greenstein’s guidance and expertise throughout our discussions and Q&A session after the presentation.As we learned, this is a social phenomenon happening in schools all across the globe. There is no easy or quick fix to the problem. But as a community we have the power and an obligation to do our part to stop bullying. Alki families took interest in learning how we can make a difference in someone’s life.”
-Mel Spiker
Family & Community Engagement
We know young people want to lean in and contribute to school communities that are safe, respectful, and inclusive — schools where they can develop skills they need to succeed in academic studies and also in life. But they cannot do this alone.
We will introduce kids to Captain Compassion and engage interactively with a comic strip story board to give them a chance to share their thoughts and experiences with bullying.  We will discuss how everyone has a choice EXCEPT the person who is being bullied, and families will learn what they can do to encourage their youngsters to be an Upstander.

 

This Family First Friday presentation is brought to you by Alki PTA Family and Community Engagement Committee.

 

Superhero Captain Compassion® Empowers Kids to Prevent Race-Based Bullying
In support of National Bullying Prevention Month and Global Diversity Awareness Month this October, Committee for Children is launching its third annual Captain Compassion® campaign to teach kids how to use their bystander power to put a stop to bullying.
After this summer’s protests over racial discrimination and police brutality, many families and educators are seeking resources to help teach the children in their lives the value of diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities. According to the United States Department of Education, although Black students make up 15 percent of student enrollment nationwide, 35 percent of Black students report being bullied or harassed on the basis of their race—more than any other racial group. Research also shows that one in five students report seeing hate-related graffiti at school. In response, bullying prevention superhero Captain Compassion and sidekick Kid Kinder® are back to empower kids and adults to use their bystander power and provide guidance on how to recognize, report, and refuse bullying of racial- and ethnic-minority youth.
“Children of color are especially vulnerable right now,” says bullying prevention expert and campaign spokesperson Dr. Jasmine Williams. “With the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacting minority communities and with social media both elevating imagery of police brutality and providing a platform to target youth with hateful words and images, now is the time for us to empower our nation’s youth to value diversity, activate their bystander power, and prioritize preventing bullying and harassment.”
Captain Compassion has the power to inspire others to be kind and respectful in challenging situations. In this year’s comics, she guides Kid Kinder after he’s bullied in an online video game because of his race. Written in collaboration with Mahogany L. Browne, the author of Woke Baby, the story shows children and adults the impact of race-based bullying and how they can use their bystander power to address it.
“It’s important to understand that everyone involved in bullying—bullies, victims, and bystanders alike— suffers from long-term negative health consequences,” Dr. Williams says. “When we protect kids from bullying, we’re creating a better world for everyone—a world we all deserve.”
Committee for Children’s bullying prevention campaign returns in support of National Bullying Prevention Month and Global Diversity Awareness Month.
Committee for Children’s award-winning website, CaptainCompassion.org, provides families and educators with free, approachable, and research-based bullying prevention tips and tactics. These resources are drawn from Committee for Children’s decades of work in the field of bullying prevention, and include engaging comics, a Secret Decoder Wheel activity for kids, videos, downloadable posters, and more. To read the comics, download the Secret Decoder Wheel, and learn how you can activate your bystander power to prevent bullying, visit CaptainCompassion.org.
About Committee for Children
Committee for Children is a global nonprofit that has championed the safety and well-being of
children through bullying prevention, child protection, and social-emotional learning (SEL) for more than 40 years. With a history of action and influence, we’re known as a leader in social-emotional education and a force in advocacy, research, and innovation in the field. We take a comprehensive approach to SEL, promoting social-emotional well-being from birth to early adulthood—supporting not just classrooms, but entire communities. As our programs transform the lives of more than 16.5 million children per year, we rise to meet societal challenges to ensure children everywhere can thrive. Learn more at cfchildren.org
Committee for Children’s award-winning website, CaptainCompassion.org, provides families and educators with free, approachable, and research-based bullying prevention tips and tactics.
These resources are drawn from Committee for Children’s decades of work in the field of bullying prevention, and include engaging comics, a Secret Decoder Wheel activity for kids, videos, downloadable posters, and more.
To read the comics, download the Secret Decoder Wheel, and learn how you can activate your
bystander power to prevent bullying, visit CaptainCompassion.org
About Committee for Children
Committee for Children is a global nonprofit that has championed the safety and well-being of children through bullying prevention, child protection, and social-emotional learning (SEL) for more than 40 years. With a history of action and influence, we’re known as a leader in social-emotional education and a force in advocacy, research, and innovation in the field. We take a comprehensive approach to SEL, promoting social-emotional well-being from birth to early adulthood—supporting not just classrooms, but entire communities. As our programs transform the lives of more than 16.5 million children per year, we rise to meet societal challenges to ensure children everywhere can thrive. Learn more at cfchildren.org
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