Training will give each student-led SUSS team the tools they need to get their team up and running.Together with their faculty advisor they will decide what positive and consistent social norming projects they want to implement in their respective school communities with the goals of reducing incidents of bullying and cyber-bullying, and naturally changing their school culture to a place where all students feel a sense of respect, safety, and belonging.
The survey is an important assessment tool. During the training, we will discuss the results and the crucial role they play in how their peers view bullying behavior. The survey results can help SUSS teams plan program initiatives. The goal is to use factual information to dispel misconceptions. It is powerful for students to hear and see that the majority of the student population feels that everyone should be treated with respect regardless of their differences. Now, we come up with ideas on how to put that statistic into action. Click here to see an example of a social normal poster based on survey data.
The training consists of a multi-media presentation. Examples of training materials are in this section. We will show SUSS teams student-produced Public Service Announcements and professionally produced ones.
Here are some examples of our student produced PSA’s:
It is very important to start with common language. We want all students to have an accurate definition of bullying, what it is and what it isn’t. We discuss the negative effects that bullying can have on targeted students. We focus on how we can reach out to targeted students and make a huge difference. The difference not only positively impacts the target; it is a small step towards changing the social norms in our schools. When we stand with targets and reach out to them, we are spreading the message that bullying is not the accepted normal behavior. Kindness and respect are what we want to strive to achieve. We talk about how we can use social media to spread the message. Students are encouraged to ‘like’ our Facebook page and join the conversation.www.facebook.com/CAPS.SUSS
During the training, students will break into small groups of 3 to 5 students and discuss how they would handle real life bullying behavior situations. The goal of this exercise is to develop critical thinking skills to help move their school culture to a place where students stand with, stand up and stand together. Several of these scenarios are based on Helpline calls that we have responded to at The CAPS Bullying Prevention Center Helpline. Others are taken from bullying prevention websites like www.causes.com, www.glsen.org and www.tolerance.org .