Need some great materials which examine the issues that lead to taunting and bullying, including racial differences, perceived sexual orientation, learning disabilities, religious differences, sexual harassment and others. Then check out this site.
As the site notes, as part of The Respect For All Project, Let’s Get Real gives young people the chance to tell their stories in their own words–and the results are heartbreaking, shocking, inspiring and poignant. Unlike the vast majority of films made for schools about the issue, Let’s Get Real doesn’t sugarcoat the truth or feature adults lecturing kids about what to do when “bad” kids pick on them.
Let’s Get Real examines a variety of issues that lead to taunting and bullying, including racial differences, perceived sexual orientation, learning disabilities, religious differences, sexual harassment and others. The film not only gives a voice to targeted kids, but also to kids who do the bullying to find out why they lash out at their peers and how it makes them feel. The most heartening part of Let’s Get Real includes stories of kids who have mustered the courage to stand up for themselves or a classmate.
There is an accompanying 130-page Let’s Get Real curriculum guide which features valuable lesson plans, discussion starters, classroom activities and handouts for teachers to use in conjunction with the film.
When used with students, Let’s Get Real has inspired honest dialogue that establishes an awareness about their own roles in society and what they can do to prevent prejudice and promote understanding.
Schools and community groups may also sign up for staff training on how to use Let’s Get Real as a teaching tool in classrooms.
Recommended for use by:
Students in grades 5 through 9
Educators and youth service providers
Part of The Respect For All Project
Running Time: 35 minutes
Format: DVD and VHS – Special features include director’s interview, clips from other RFAP films, chapter-by-chapter version of the film corresponding to the curriculum guide
Our Editorial: We really appreciate the fact this approach to bullying/cyberbullying prevention puts young people at the heart of the solution, and promotes a team approach involving not only students and teachers, but also other community members. As the name suggests, it offers a very real-life scenario that young people will be able to relate to and provides an invaluable opportunity to begin a dialogue between young people and adults about these important issues.