Boomerang Bully Prevention Program for Teenagers

  • Overview

    Author(s)
    Helena Pretorius, BA Hons. (Psychology), MBD, HOD, NLP
    Who is this for?
    Children/Students, Primary teachers and staff
    Who is this from?
    Teachers and staff, self-directed
    Domains
    Mentally Healthy Communities, Learning Resilience
    Settings
    Primary School, Secondary School
    Topics
    Bullying and cyber safety, Resilience
    Aims
    The version for teenagers has two sections: Victims and Bullies. It is imperative that both sections are worked through even if the participant is seen as either a bully or a victim. To give a few reasons, in the bully section, it is taught how to be assertive and if a bully can be assertive he or she does not have to regress to aggressive behaviour to be heard. Also in the bully section the victim will benefit to learn how to solve problems and understand why he or she finds it difficult to ignore bullying.
    Cost
    Please see website for current pricing
    Location
    Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania
    Mobile number
    0424 182 305
    Email
    helenap857@gmail.com
  • Implementation

    Detailed description

    This dynamic program enables children to prevent bullying by practicing before the time to stand up for themselves. The children are led step-for-step to: become assertive, confident and resilient, know how to deflect anger and verbal insults, empower themselves with positive thoughts, change faulty beliefs, accept responsibility, resolve conflict, identify triggers and solve real-life bullying incidences.

    Program structure & method delivery

    Program structure | Victims: In 20 lessons, teenagers are guided step-by-step to become assertive by portraying a confident posture, facial expression, making eye contact, knowing how to deflect verbal insults, assertive communication and how to think empowering thoughts. They practice to be resilient. Bullies: Anger and resultant aggressive behaviour causes bullying. In another 20 lessons, perpetrators learn why they behave aggressively and understand their fears. They are led to accept responsibility to change by solving conflict in acceptable ways. Bullies learn the advantages to themselves if bullying stops. (No other bullying programs addressed this motivational issue at the time of writing.) Ex-bullies experience rewarding changes through practical exercises. The children are made aware of the devastating influence of bullying and identify ideal behaviour.

    Student assessment measures

    No

    Professional learning compulsory

    No

    Professional Learning Available

  • Evidence

    Identified theoretical framework

    Boomerang Bully Prevention is based on the representational model of Neuro Linguistic Programming by Richard Bandler and John Grinder.
  • Authors

    Author(s)

    Helena Pretorius, BA Hons. (Psychology), MBD, HOD, NLP

    About author(s)

    Helena has developed her understanding of children through her extensive career as a learning support teacher. Her passion for bullying prevention inspired her to create the Bully Prevention Program.