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COMBATING CONFLICT WITH CHARACTER (5 Programs)
Preparing students for a standardized test is a monumental task, but equipping them for social and interpersonal conflict is every bit as challenging. This series helps young viewers navigate the dilemmas surrounding bullying, peer pressure, prejudice, and unresolved anger - with an additional program focusing especially on conflict management and resolution. Emphasizing character-building as a prime ingredient in overcoming conflict, the series uses no-nonsense dramatizations, candid "school hallway" interviews, and expert commentary to define basic ideas, illustrate ways in which conflicts often play out, and ultimately present methods for diffusing them - based on honesty, awareness, and respect for others.
There are five 30-minute programs in the series:
HANDLING PEER PRESSURE
The teen years are a time of experimenting with identity, but along with that search for self come major decisions about what groups to fit into - and how to fit into them. This video explores peer group influences; how they can cause young people to change their attitudes, values, or behaviors in order to conform; and what can be done to avoid their pitfalls. Topics include positive, negative, direct, and indirect peer pressure; cultural forces, especially media-driven ones, that push the desire to be a "star" instead of making a genuine journey of self-discovery; and media stereotypes of what it means to be attractive, smart, or successful. The program also looks at how friendship groups can become cliques, how low self-esteem leads some people to manipulate or intimidate others to fit in, and how peer pressure, as pervasive as it is, can be countered with honesty, self-expression, and self-knowledge.
Prejudice isn't something we're born with - and if we learn it, we can unlearn it. The first step in that process is to study it objectively, as this video does through candid interviews, dramatizations, and expert commentary. Offering a practical definition of prejudice, the video explores its basis in ignorance and fear of outsiders, the qualities it most frequently targets (race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, physique, social class, and political beliefs) as well as its principal results - namely, discrimination, racism, and oppression. The program focuses in a teen-friendly way on prejudice in society, with discussions of the "melting pot" concept; how such diversity, while unquestionably desirable, carries with it the potential for racial, ethnic, and cultural conflict; and how individuals, communities, and our nation can benefit from more dialog between cultures, religions, races, and other demographic groups.
DEALING WITH BULLYING
Why is bullying so widespread? What are the various forms it can take? How should a bullying victim react to intimidation and physical aggression, or - ideally - avoid becoming a victim in the first place? This video addresses those questions as it looks at the root causes and potential solutions to bullying dilemmas. Studying the verbal, emotional, and social aspects of bullying and cyberbullying as well as physical harassment and attacks, the program also distinguishes between bullying that is typically male and typically female - revealing the wide range of results that all forms can have, from hurt feelings to academic problems to murder and suicide. Dramatizations and expert commentary highlight specific strategies to combat this disturbing challenge to education and the well-being of young people.
HANDLING ANGER AND FRUSTRATION
Let's face it - anger is a fact of life, an emotion everyone can relate to. But it isn't always handled well, and if it surges out of control, the effects can be devastating. This video examines the problems arising from extreme or repressed anger and presents helpful methods for loosening the grip that all-consuming rage can have on one's mind and actions. Viewers learn basic psychological concepts relating to the human need to confront and remove obstacles, a primal instinct that all too easily translates into "lashing out". Encouraging students to look closely at their feelings in these trigger situations, the program highlights steps that can be taken toward dealing rationally with anger sources, focusing on staying "centered" rather than "getting even". Family and peer relationships, the importance of self-respect and respect for others, and useful distinctions between "good" and "bad" anger all come into play here.
MANAGING CONFLICT RESOLUTION
A dynamic struggle between contrasting forces is necessary - it creates ideas and drives change. But as everyone knows, life is also filled with hurtful and even tragic forms of conflict. Students learn about both types of opposition in this video, which illustrates ways to use conflict constructively while avoiding violence, alienation, and resentment. Beginning with the notion that we deal with conflict largely through patterns learned as children, the program explores four behaviors that push conflict into the destructive zone: miscommunication, demonizing, refusal to negotiate, and "kitchen sinking" or pulling past events and unrelated frustrations into a present disagreement. The pitfalls of a "conflict loop" are also discussed. Viewers gain an understanding of the potential rewards of recognizing an opponent's needs as well as one's own. Mediation, including peer mediation and the "third side" method of negotiation, are examined.
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