- Cyberbullying can injure self-worth and create emotional trauma.
- There are steps that can be taken to prevent the spread of cyberbullying.
- Trusted adults can support young people when reporting bullying or navigating a crisis.
- Limiting social media is a form of self-care and protection.
- Having a network of friends that celebrate diversity and tolerance is healthy.
- Journaling can help process emotions and problems.
Adolescent Bullying Awareness Program Grades 6–8
Bullying and cyberbullying are widespread and serious. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the average time a student spends online has doubled.i More than twenty percent of students 12 to 18 years old report being bullied,ii and over 35% have been the victims of cyberbullying.iii
Kaiser Permanente’s Adolescent Bullying Awareness program complements and supports Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum for students grades 6-8. It emphasizes maintaining healthy friendships, processing emotions through journaling, building resilience, and engaging with adults for help.
The Play (Video Presentation)
Don’t Forget to Like is an episodic narrative looking into a world where teens are distance learning and tied more than ever to their devices and computers, only a click away from fame or misfortune. It tells the story of four middle school students, Angel, Zoe, Kayla, and Carlos, whose friendships are fractured by an impulsive act of cyberbullying. When Angel posts an unflattering photo of Zoe that goes viral, Zoe is thrown into a downward spiral, feeling that her life is unraveling. Through the course of the narrative, Zoe reckons with her feelings and discovers strategies to help build resilience.
Following each video presentation, the actor-educators facilitate journaling activities and engage students in a guided discussion about the story. Students who make disclosures regarding abuse, bullying, feelings of depression or the intent to cause harm to themselves or others are bridged to the principal, counselor or other school personnel for further follow-up.
Kaiser Permanente’s Social-Emotional Wellness Workshop Grades 6-8
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives. For many students, it has caused social isolation, grief, uncertainty, challenges with distance learning and fear of returning to campus. These factors can result in stress and anxiety.
The goal of the workshop is to provide students with tools for coping with stress and anxiety. Actor-educators from Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre lead participants through a guided conversation toward skill building. This work will focus on the causes of stress and introduce students to techniques to manage it.
Students are also encouraged to reach out to a trusted adult when they are faced with overwhelming challenges and will be supplied resources if an adult is not available. Click here for more information.
Request This Program
Thank you for your interest in Educational Theatre’s Bullying Awareness Program for grades 6-8. Please complete the form below, and hit the “send” button. After we receive your information, you will be contacted by an Educational Theatre Booking Coordinator. Please note that this is an information request only. It does not guarantee the scheduling of a program.
Due to the high demand for our programs and the large geographical area we serve, it is our policy to schedule no more than one program at a school per year. In most cases, we are unable to return to a school any sooner than three years. Please submit only one program information request.
If you have additional questions please review our FAQ page.
i Parents Together: “Survey Shows Parents Alarmed as Kids’ Screen Time Skyrockets During COVID-19 Crisis”, (2020);
ii U.S. Department of Education: “Student Reports of Bullying and Cyber-Bullying”;(2013);
ii Cyberbullying Research Center, “2019 Cyberbullying Data”; (2019);