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Facing Up/Grades 2-7.

Too often, children hide and adults overlook the serious problem of childhood bullying. The producers of this video recognize its gravity and cite disturbing statistics in their literature: "Approximately one in seven schoolchildren is involved in bully-victim problems"; "bullies have a one in four chance of having a criminal record by age 30"; "bullies have a tendency to become physically and/or sexually abusive husbands and fathers"; "in some cases, victims' repressed anger has led to suicide or violent retaliation against the bully"; "by the time they reach high school, one in four students list bullying as their main fear."

This engaging video drama addresses the problems of the victim and the perpetrator and models nonviolent solutions for both. Bryan, the bully, regularly intimidates Josh by taking his lunch money, ridiculing him and emptying his backpack. Josh finds solace and guidance when he shares his problem with a friend, a woman carpenter who has experienced victimization herself. With her gentle coaching, he develops a plan that proves to be effective. Bryan, in the meantime, loses his temper in a pick-up basketball game with older players. One player takes time to suggest ways that Bryan can control his impulsivity, boosting his self-esteem in the process. Josh learns to face up to his bully and Bryan begins to learn control. This well-produced video offers children specific options to apply in bullying situations and provides an easy-to-follow, practical problem-solving approach.
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Author:Stanford, Beverly Hardcastle
Publication:Childhood Education
Article Type:Video Recording Review
Date:Sep 22, 1993
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