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What You Don’t Know About Peers and Bullying!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Group of teen girls in a fight.

What do you think of when you imagine a bully?

Usually it’s a kid who’s an outcast. Nobody likes them. They’re either a loner or they hang out with other bullies. They bully either because they don’t know how to control themselves or because they want to gain social status.

That’s definitely one kind of bully, but there’s also a second who’s more subtle and more dangerous. (more…)


Why is Nobody Talking About Character Education?

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Picture of person's back side carrying newspaper.

We have two different school assembly programs. One focuses on bullying. The other covers Character Education.

I have to stay up to date. I have tools that scan the web for stories about these topics and send me a regular digest. I post the best ones on this blog.

Over the past month there were around 1,100 notable articles about bullying.

For character education there were only around 200 stories. Most of them were about local schools implementing character programs.  (more…)


Anti Bullying School Assemblies: A Different Approach!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

This video is about nine minutes long, but it’s time well spent!

These are real kids and their reactions to seeing kids get bullied. Whether you agree or disagree, you can’t deny that what these kids have to say is compelling.

One comment in particular got my attention.

There was an assembly last year. Everyone was crying afterward because it was so like… Powerful… But nobody got the message.

As someone who provides anti-bullying school assemblies this grabbed my attention.


Asian Americans Most Bullied in US Schools

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Picture of unhappy little girl

We talk to a lot kids after our anti-bullying school assemblies. Despite all the recent media attention, bullying is still a huge problem. We see it first hand every day!

According to a recent study, Asian Americans are the most bullied group in US schools. [Link]



School Assemblies in Michigan for Bullying, Character Education, and Motivation

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Stylized map of michigan featuring detroit.

We’ve received a number of inquires recently about doing school assemblies in Michigan. I figured it was time to write a blog post to make it official.

We’re the Best Kept Secret for School Assemblies in Michigan.

You can learn more about what we do over at our school assembly page.

For now though, here’s a quick overview of the three presentations we have to offer.


Character Education School Assembly Program

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Character All Stars School Assembly Logo

We’re super excited to announce our new character education assembly for 2011! Character All Stars will teach your kids about Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship!


Notes from the White House Conference on Bullying

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Presidential Seal

Last week I posted about the Facebook Live Chat the White House initiated about Bullying. There was a council of experts there from the government, Facebook, and even MTV.

I took detailed notes of the entire chat. Here’s a digest of what I thought was really interesting and wanted to pass along to you!


Types of Bullying: Threats

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Man clenching fist.

We’ve been discussing various types of bullying. Today we’re discussing a very serious tactic: Threats.

This overt type of bullying is one of the scariest for the target to endure.

The bully usually threatens to use one of the other tactics we’ve already talked about.

This makes threats a unique type of bullying. The bully doesn’t have to actually use the other tactics. They control their targets with the possibility.


Types of Bullying: Name Calling

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

A rose by any other name smells just as sweet!

There are many types of bullying. Through this series we’ve been exploring them.

Today we’re discussing: Name Calling.

We’ve all been called names at one point or another in our lives. Some of mine growing up were:

  • Fat Matt
  • Fatso
  • Fattie Fat Fat
  • Big Butt
  • Jumbo Jones

…And a whole host of others that involve vulgarity, so I’m going to not post them.

The thing is that “just ignore it” isn’t a viable solution to the problem. Most people don’t understand the true power of a name.


Types of Bullying: Teasing

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Two men laughing!

Let’s get this out of the way up front. Not all teasing is bad. We’ve all teased or been teased. It’s not necessarily bullying.

Teasing is a part of the bonding process for families and friends. It’s a part of flirting. It’s often completely good natured and harmless.

If everyone including the person getting teased laughs, smiles, and truly finds it funny, it’s not a problem.

Where it becomes a type of bullying is when it crosses the line. Let’s revisit our definition of bullying:

“Bullying happens when one person hurts or scares another person on purpose.”

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