Hicksville Middle School students recently enjoyed a fun assembly on the serious topic of bullying.
Hicksville Middle School students recently enjoyed a fun assembly on the serious topic of bullying. They learned about the behaviors that denote bullying and were provided with valuable tools and insight to empower them to stand up against bullying behavior.
Appropriately named Box Out Bullying, the program uses interactive theater to capture the attention of the students. Presenters combined engaging multimedia visuals, colorful costumes and evidence-based bullying prevention techniques to get their message across. A big box (named BOB, short for Box Out Bullying) graced the Hicksville Middle School auditorium stage, filled with many of these visual surprises.
Presenters also reinforced several important rules for students to follow, such as including others in their activities whenever possible and speaking with an adult in school and at home whenever they feel as though they are being bullied. Students were also encouraged to participate on stage and in the audience. A considerable portion of the program was dedicated to cyberbullying and appropriate social media conduct, with multiple role-playing skits that demonstrated how words and actions can be hurtful to others, even when this is not the intent.
Photo caption: Students and staff participated in role-playing skits that demonstrated how words and actions can be hurtful to others during the Box Out Bullying assembly at Hicksville Middle School.