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Participants act against bullying and for a climate in which people feel safe and supported, by making and showing a video.
Guide the group to prepare stories to tell on videotape about their own experiences with bullying. Encourage them to think about a time when they were a bully, a person bullied, and/or a witness to bullying.
Indicate the questions you have posted on newsprint. Tell the group each person will be interviewed on videotape, and asked these questions. Brainstorm things that students can do to prevent or interrupt bullying, and to support people who have been bullied, and then have participants share these tips as the final part of your videotape. Optional: Distribute writing paper and pens/pencils, and invite participants to gather their thoughts by making some notes.
Videotape the participants, one a time or a small group at a time.
Discuss how you can share the edited video. For example: post it on YouTube or another video sharing site, or make a plan to show it to other young people in your congregation, present it during a Sunday service, or share it at a school.
Do not insist that all children speak on camera. Invite children who prefer not to be videotaped or whose parents have not given permission to, instead, operate the video camera or make graphics, such as a poster of anti-bullying tips, to include in the video. A child who prefers not to be photographed may like to narrate a list of video tips which can be shown on-screen.
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Last updated on Tuesday, August 21, 2012.
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