Say NO to Negative Peer Pressure
Running Time: 29 Minutes
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This three-part series shows students from grades 3-5 how and when to say, "No!" Viewers follow along with three narrative scenarios as the protagonist decides what to do and how he/she will resolve the problem by saying "No." These true-to-life scenarios pertain to peer pressure, sibling trouble, and bullying. Hosts introduce each section and emphasize key information. After watching, students will be able to demonstrate various ways to say "no" in any appropriate scenario.
Part 1: When To Say No
In this introductory section, viewers learn the key phrase: If someone asks you to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, you can say "No." This phrase is demonstrated through three dramatic scenarios that play out through each part of the program. First, students meet Derek, a 5th grader who catches his older sister, Kate, drinking with her friend, Emma, in the garage. Next, viewers meet Miguel a 4th grader, who is skateboarding with his friends, Sean and Allie at a skate park. Sean and Allie use peer pressure techniques to try to coerce Miguel to attempt a trick that he isn't comfortable with. Last, viewers meet Ariella, a 3rd grader who is playing four square at recess with her friends. Violet wants to join their game, but one friend, Tammy, excludes her by bullying. Ariella doesn't want to be a bully bystander, but doesn't know how to stand up to Tammy. The program ends with hosts recapping the stories and setting up what viewers will see next in Part 2.
Part 2: How to Say No
In part two, viewers learn how the protagonists will say "no" in each scenario. Viewers also recognize the reasons why it can be difficult to say no. Rejection is when you're worried someone will stop being your friend, reasoning is when the person tries to convince you otherwise by giving excuses, bullying is when someone picks on you either physically or verbally. Hosts demonstrate how young people can say "no" firmly and assertively and by making "I" statements. Then, viewers see the characters use these tactics in the scenarios. Miguel says no because he feels uncomfortable trying a tough trick. Derek said no because he was scared his sister was going to get hurt. Ariella says no because she doesn't want to be a bully. This segment ends with a recap from the hosts and a brief introduction to Part 3.
Part 3: After You Say No
In this final section, viewers learn what to do after you say no. In Miguel's story, Miguel suggested another trick that he felt comfortable trying in front of his friends. Similarly, Ariella made a suggestion to include everyone in the game of 4 square. Even when her suggest was rebuffed, Ariella stuck to her instinct and walked away. Lastly, Derek followed through with saying "no" to his sister by talking with an adult about the drinking. Telling an adult is an important part of saying no, because adults can often help. Hosts recap all of the key phrases, vocabulary and sum up the program for students, who are now well-equipped to say "no" and mean it!
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
DVD contains Spanish subtitles.
© Human Relations Media
Learning to say no to friends is sometimes hard, especially when peer pressure is applied. This program helps youngsters recognize negative peer pressure and offers tactics to help deflect sticky situations. Two teenage hosts introduce three segments: “When to Say No,” “How to Say No,” and “What to Do after You Say No.” Live-action scenarios include instances in wherein children are confronted with situations in which they feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Pressure comes from siblings, friends, and bullies. The second part offers tips on assertiveness and suggestions on communicating through body language and voice. The final section suggests ways to follow up that might include walking away, telling an adult, or proposing a different activity. The engaging hosts understand that saying no can be difficult. Suggested for both school and public libraries.
— Debra McLeod, Booklist