"We've got a better way than fight or flight! We've got the power rooted in what's right. Tuned to channel insight Flashing inner light - We're the rad dudes with the dyna-kinda might"
Let your Mouse roll on over and sniff out the wisdom of the BULLYPROOF Shields
Future WAVE surveyed the field of conflict resolution, condensed the various concepts into ten key "shields" and developed them into a simple easy-to-remember acronym: BULLYPROOF. We made each letter stand for an animal character demonstrating a more powerful tool than violence. Then we developed BULLYPROOF SHIELD puppet shows and plays to make learning those ten steps easy, fun and entertaining.
“Whenever I got mad, all my years of conflict-resolution training went right out the window. Now I use BULLYPROOF to anchor my training. I think, “B” – How can I Bust out of this conflict and come at it another way? ‘U’ – Am I Understanding what’s going on inside this person? ‘L’ Am I doing reflective Listening? …etc. By the time I get to “F” my Fear and anger are gone and I’m able to handle the situation rationally. It’s a great check list for empowerment.”-- Diane LeResche, 1st Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason U.
Our BULLYPROOF acronym is a checklist for handing conflicts. However, frequently bullying is not about conflicts, anger or disagreements. Rather, it can be a pattern of dominance, contempt and disdain by the bully, directed at those perceived as weak or unassertive.
Therefore we also offer STAND and recommend our Bullyproof SKILLS be used as one part of broader program of creating a “caring community” a safe school environment in which the bystanders stand up and say no to bullying behavior. See LINKS for additional resources.