is a research-based 10-video, teen violence prevention series offering real-life
practical solutions. Comedian and teen counselor Michael Pritchard shares
key violence prevention strategies that emerge from his discussions with
teens across the country. Each program can stand on its own and includes
a comprehensive Leaders
Guide. The series was developed
for middle through high school age youth and incorporates active participation
by teens from diverse backgrounds.
PeaceTalks has won 16 major national awards and is presently
being shown to teens, teachers, parents, counselors, youth caregivers, and
juvenile justice personnel and may be purchased with drug-free and safe-school
Filmed on location across the United
States, in real schools, with real students, this important violence prevention
series educates teens about our violent society, the risks they face every
day, and the positive choices they can make to stay safe. PeaceTalks
prevents violence by teaching kids how to avoid dangerous situations,
handle their emotions, and use conflict resolution skills to defuse potentially
violent confrontations. Together, Michael Pritchard and teens from around
the country discuss how to get along with others, make safe choices and
build a positive, peaceful life.
The series includes
the following programs, each running approximately 28 minutes.
#1 Preventing Violence
Preventing Violence presents a powerful
profile of the types of violence teenagers face today and the emotional
toll it is taking on their lives. Personal stories are intercut with lively
discussions on violence prevention. Practical strategies for avoiding and
reducing violence emerge as students learn the importance of predicting
consequences, cooling down, and walking away.
#2 Resolving Conflicts
Resolving Conflicts examines the reasons why so many teen disagreements
turn into conflicts and fights. Teens learn the importance of good communication
skills in resolving conflicts, and how to cool out conflicts before they
become violent. Real life confrontations are de-escalated when teens respect
each others feelings and learn to assert themselves in non threatening ways.
#3 Managing Your
Controlling one's anger is a critical
life skill and Managing Your Anger explores the difficulties teens face
learning to control theirs while dealing with raging hormones, the pressures
of grown-up responsibilities and the generalized anger of mass culture.
Teens humorously outline their biggest pet peeves, and learn to deal with
some of life's most common aggravating situations without blowing up. Kids
learn to express anger in non hurtful ways and let go of pent-up resentments
through forgiveness and self-control.
#4 Dealing with
Bullies, Troublemakers, and Dangerous Situations
Bullies are no longer the big loud
kids who like to intimidate and push other kids around on the playground.
Now bullies travel in gangs and often pack deadly weapons. The rules for
engagement have changed and this program explores how to best handle bullies
and protect victims without getting hurt. Teens learn how to recognize potentially
dangerous situations and avoid violence by reasonably predicting the consequences
of their actions.
#5 Respecting Yourself
Whether you call it dissing, busting,
capping or snapping, showing disrespect is probably the most common source
of conflict and violence in the teen years. Respecting Yourself and Others
examines both the humor and pain inherent in the put-downs and status games
that typify so many teenage relationships, and reveals how they can easily
move from innocent fun to hurtful attacks - particularly when used against
different social, racial or ethnic groups. Discussion centers on how to
handle perceived disrespect in potentially violent situations, and how a
positive self-image can provide the confidence and composure to ignore insults
and walk away from threatened violence.
#6 Handling Dating
Pressures and Harassment
Handling Dating Pressures and
Harassment deals with the
difficult issues of sexual harassment, sexual coercion, and date rape, which
are occurring with surprising frequency in the nation's schools. Discussion
outlines typical types of harassment and abuse which occur in the teen years,
and successful strategies for dealing with verbal and physical attacks.
Teens learn how to say no to abuse and the importance of building healthy
#7 Bridging Racial
Nothing can fan the flames of teen
violence like the mistrust and conflicts which result from racial divisions.
Bridging Racial Divisions explores the painful personal consequence of racial
conflicts as teenagers from different racial groups come together to discuss
the stereotypes and prejudice that divide them. Triggers to violence such
as racial slurs and graffiti are examined, and teenagers are encouraged
to value diversity and build communication across racial and ethnic lines.
#8 Handling Peer
Pressure and Gangs
Handling Peer Pressure and Gangs
deals with a variety of issues concerning peer pressure, values and friendship,
by examining why kids join cliques, groups and gangs. Teenagers are challenged
to decide what they would do if a close friend wanted them to do something
wrong, illegal, or dangerous, and are asked to examine the types of friendships
they are making. The meanings of true friendship and the value of positive
peer pressure are highlighted as ways to make good friends and stay out
#9 Drugs, Alcohol,
and Guns: Triggers to Violence
This critical program examines the
shocking prevalence of guns at teen parties and clubs and the predictably
dangerous consequences of this casual mix of drugs, alcohol and weapons.
Adults will learn of a brave new world where guns are omnipresent and kids
think prevention means planning an escape route when they start to go off.
Teens recount frightening personal stories of explosive violence when minor
offenses on the dance floor turn deadly. Notions of adolescent immortality
are challenged as teens come to realize that going to parties with drugs,
alcohol and guns is simply not worth the risk.
#10 Stepping Up
Stepping Up To Peace focuses on the
role of community in teenagers' lives and how developing a strong sense
of community can be a powerful way to reduce violence. The ethical basis
of community spirit is explored as teens decide whether or not to help a
stranger in need. Teens learn that compassion, tolerance and respect are
the cornerstones of any community and discover ways to use these values
to create stronger communities in their schools and neighborhoods.
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