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The Centers for Disease Control reports that 8% of high school students have experienced sexual violence. This silent epidemic impacts a teen's physical health, emotional health and behavior. This student-centered video and print curriculum is based on the CDC's recommendations for preventing sexual violence. Five short segments of approximately 10 minutes each educate and inform students about these critical issues: Gender Stereotypes, Sexual Harassment, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Media Safety. Each segment presents a real-life scenario that encourages discussion of these sensitive topics among students. Discussion questions, activities and hand-outs reinforce the prevention message.
(c) Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, Kansas City, MO
50-minute Research-Based video (CC), plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post test in digital format
Navigating the world of dating relationships can be difficult enough for teenagers, but the rising rate of sexual violence can make this world more confusing and scarier than ever. Created by the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, this program tackles five major issues: gender stereotypes, sexual harassment, dating violence, sexual assault, and media safety. Each problem is explored in a brief video clip where teenagers act out various aspects of the topic. The scenarios, while overly scripted with somewhat too-good-to-be true endings, show how common teenage behaviors may be seen under the lens of sexual violence. Each vignette builds upon the next, making a complete story and showing how one seemingly innocent action, like admiring someone's body or sending a provocative text, can have far-reaching and unintended consequences. The 90-page teacher's guide is the key to pulling together all the information and making the program a useful teaching tool. Educators will find lessons, definitions of key terms, facts, video discussion questions, activities to further illustrate the lesson, frequently asked questions, and a page of resources for each topic. This video can be a valuable addition to a health or social skills curriculum if the educator utilizes the tools provided in the teacher's guide and doesn't rely solely on the video clips.
—Amanda Rollins, Northwest Village School, Plainville, CT
School Library Journal
Highly Recommended The DVD’s considered for this review, all youth related programs that spotlight and confront issues that teenagers tackle on a daily basis, includes
Each video educates students on how to prevent unhealthy interactions with others by understanding the issues at hand, along with having the power and skills to set boundaries and “just say no.” Video reenactments of teenagers coping with different sensitive situations add to the eye-opening explanations of topics concerning gender stereotypes, media safety, teen violence, sexual harassment, and peer pressure.
Consideration and careful reflection is given in revealing the stories of victims who have battled emotional anguish and misfortune from schoolmates. Narratives pertaining to teens who have struggled to get through these various life changing events are very moving. Each video smartly confronts teenage problems and gives real advice and hope on how to change the outcomes and build peer interactions that are healthy and respectful. Exceptional acting/role playing help to make each video credible and viewers will relate to the teens being portrayed as they are very recognizable and could be part of their own family.
These DVDs come with a Teacher’s Resource materials that make learning objectives clear and help to promote classroom discussions. Student activities are included in the materials which makes each DVD thought-provoking and comprehensive while allowing students the opportunity to reflect on their own peer relationships. These titles are highly recommended and should be purchased for programs and schools interested in promoting an equal and just environment for students at every level.
—Hope Marie Cook, Curriculum Center Librarian, Eastern Connecticut State University
Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO)