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Posted on Feb 10, 2012

Assemblies Help Students Stay Safe

At this week’s Grades K-2 and 3-6 assemblies, educators from PlayIt Safe visited to discuss “stranger danger” with the younger children and bullying behaviors with the older ones.

Some of the advice for K-2 students included:

–Your biggest weapon is your voice, because noise attracts attention. The best phrase to call out is not “Fire,” which can cause people to run away from you, but “Stranger, Stranger, 9-1-1!”

–Your secret weapon is confidence, which the speakers compared to the way in which tiny Chihuahuas can outbark and fend off much larger dogs with their mighty confidence.

–Your strongest weapon is your legs, so use them to run to a safe place where people gather (your home, your school, a store or cafe). Children may know not to talk to strangers, but shouldn’t even stop to listen to them.

Older children reviewed the W.I.N.N.E.R. technique for handling anti-social behavior (from PlayItSafe materials):

• W–Walk away from the bully and say nothing; keep moving and don’t look back!
• I–Ignore the comment.
• N–No Attitude: Deflect the power of the bully’s words. Saying “Whatever,” or “So what,” aren’t effective. Attitude only attracts attitude.
• N–Nice: Change the subject and say something nice to the bully. Then keep walking.
• E–ESCAPE! Refuse to fight. Just say, “Back off! Leave me alone!” Attract attention with your voice.
• R Report it. If you see someone being bullied, go tell the adult who needs to help. If you are in a group, go with your group to remove the target from the bully–there’s strength in numbers.

Teachers and administration will be looping back on these lessons during the weeks ahead. Parents may access more information on the PlayItSafe website: http://www.playitsafedefense.com/.

Alison Fleming
Head of School

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