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Cyber bullying, it's in headlines all too often these days as literally millions of kids gain access to new technology and the online world. With incidents of cyber bullying on a dramatic rise, the educational experts at Twisted Scholar have just released their latest anti-bullying DVD The Wild Wild Web - a students guide to preventing cyber bullying.
The Wild Wild Web provides a critical tool for educators, counselors, law enforcement officials and even parents to begin engaging young people on the subject of online harassment or cyber bullying. With a humorous yet candid approach, the DVD targeted for kids ages 10-16 is fast paced and visually engaging. It speaks to kids, not at kids; helping them to understand what cyber bullying is, how it happens and how it can be avoided.
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Break the chain and stop the pain is a repeated message about the triangular relationship between bullies, victims, and bystanders. Part of a Code of Conduct for the Wild, Wild Web, this rule joins two others: If you wouldn t say it face-to-face, don t say it in cyberspace, and Tell someone.
These rules are delivered by a nerdy but charming 20-something narrator who sings and dances his way through a middle-school classroom and travels via special effects to various destinations.
At a picnic area, he acts out an analogy of a bully being the match, the victim the charcoal, and the bystanders the lighter fluid in most bullying incidents.
The informative and entertaining program also interviews adolescents about their cyberbulling experiences and interjects captioned commentary by educators and other experts, including Dr. Phil. In the segment about telling someone about a cyberbullying incident, viewers are encouraged to gather evidence, such as using a screen capture of malicious messages or images to show a parent, counselor, or trusted adult.
The endearing narrator and easy-to-remember Code of Conduct, repeated in song and graphics, make this a must-have program for middle school audiences. --School Library Journal, May 2011
Bullying is often thought of as cruel face-to-face interchanges, but in this age of technology, harassment can occur through e-mail communications, website social networks, phone texting, and other methods.
This fine program introduces and analyzes cyberbullying, highlighting the anonymity of the aggressor and vulnerability of the victim while offering strategies to prevent abuse. Host David Roby interjects some humor into the topic through skits set at an airport and on a western-themed film set. A code of conduct evolves and is captioned onscreen. Viewers are cautioned, If you wouldn t say it to their face, don t say it in cyberspace and Tell someone, among other suggestions. One dramatization, based on a true story, drives the point home by showing how a boy had to change schools when cyberbullying got out of control.
Classroom scenes; advice from experts, such as Dr. Phil; and kid-friendly music and dance are an integral part of this informative, entertaining, and timely program. --Booklist Online, February 2011
Wow...this video not only sends a message that is catchy and entertaining, but also delivers a clear, concise and effective message that will have an impact with students! It's appropriately funny and clever; students can't help but remember the tools that are given. With all the videos out there in the world of education, I give this one two thumbs up and highly recommend school counselors and middle school teachers to add this to their curriculums. --Barb King, Director of Counseling, Asheville, NC
Twisted Scholar, Inc., is an innovative Seattle-based production company, creating fun and visually interesting educational products solidly researched, sensitive and most of all effective. Founded 20 years ago by well-known Seattle radio personality Marty Riemer, Twisted Scholar has developed original video segments and series for such clients as Nickelodeon, Lyric Studios (producers of PBS Television s Barney ), CBS, ABC, Outdoor Life Network and Microsoft.
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