How to Say NO and Really Mean It
Running Time: 20 Minutes
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Saying NO and sticking to it is one of the most difficult challenges in a teen’s world. In the high peer pressure environment of a high school party, it’s almost impossible for many teens to do what they know is right. This information-packed video opens on just such a party. Five teens face situations that test their ability to say NO in a convincing manner.
- Tom is pressuring Jose to drink alcohol.
- Kristen is being pressured by her boyfriend to have sex.
- Jordan is trying to convince Andrea to cheat on the chemistry final.
- Shabelle and Meetra are planning a mean trick to bully another girl.
- Kyle, who has been drinking, is offering Segi a ride home.
The program walks students through 5 skills that enable these teens to say no effectively:
- analyzing the situation
- considering consequences
- looking at alternatives
- recognizing influences
- using assertiveness skills.
Research-Based video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post test in digital format
This brief video aims to teach teenagers how to say “no” effectively by utilizing four key skills: identifying the problem, brainstorming different choices and consequences, using verbal and nonverbal refusal skills, and being appropriately assertive. Teen actors model different strategies for being assertive in vignettes about underage drinking, pressure to have sex, cheating on a test, bullying, and riding in a car with a driver who has been drinking. Between segments, interviews with teens explore issues such as why it can be difficult to say no, what influences whether or not we say no, and why saying no is an important skill to utilize. This empowering video teaches various refusal skills and can be a valuable addition to middle and high school collections.
–Amanda Rollins, Northwest Village School, Plainville, CT
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