Impact on Society
Impact on Student
by R. W. Ackley, MBA, Ph.D.
The success of the program has been uplifting; teaching students about the importance of respect, responsibility, and trust. We work with students by having them share their experiences. Facilitators develop role-plays, exercises, and activities that focus on demonstrating bullying situations and teaching strategies that empower students to stop the violence.
We coach the students on ways to protect each other as well as the process for reporting cyberbullying. Additionally, facilitators attempt to take “the oxygen out of the room” so the bully feels the pressure to stop the behavior; a bully needs a target to harass and if we take those targets away, we will decrease bullying. We develop a sense of community and teach about accepting ours and others differences.
The program uses the strong analogy of a puzzle. The point of the analogy is to show that each student is a piece in the puzzle, containing jagged edges different than each other. However, due to those differences the puzzle fits perfectly together, ultimately becoming a whole. Our goal as facilitators is to teach students how to build a strong but safe puzzle through positive social skills.