October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying is a real problem that demands awareness and action.
Responding to the cause, Houston’s A.D. Players, Holocaust Museum Houston and the YMCA of Greater Houston are partnering to raise awareness and help prevent bullying in schools, both this month and through other ongoing efforts during the year.
Through November 9, A.D. Players will perform The Bully Show! by Brian Guehring at Grace Theater. This engaging and interactive play actually involves the audience in the performance, helping them internalize and empathize more closely with bullying from all perspectives—that of the bully, the victim and the spectator.
The Bully Show! aims to challenge upper elementary and middle school students to reconsider some of their assumptions about bullies and victims, to realize some of the consequences of bullying and to stimulate further discussions on this issue.
Ticket Discounts for Members
Y members receive a discounted ticket price of $8 ($12 value) for The Bully Show!. To buy discounted tickets, call the box office at 713-526-2721 and use promotion code: YMCA.
Preventing an Epidemic
The Holocaust Museum’s “All Behaviors Count” (ABC) program examines the five forms of social cruelty – taunting, bullying, rumoring, ganging up and exclusion from the group. Using the “ABC” curriculum, children and adults learn skills to identify and respond to social cruelty as empowered upstanders.
What can you do?
Kids and parents need to understand at least two things about bullying.
Kids: Bullying is real and prevalent, and certain things in society, like the internet, have made it easier.
Parents: Kids learn about bullying from role models; some parents bully kids on behalf of their own kids, sometimes online and sometimes in person. There’s so much in life that parents cannot control, but they can definitely control their own behavior modeling and what behavior they endorse in others for the sake of our children.
Be aware. Take a role. And step up.
Excerpted from an article by Houston Family Magazine