“What makes a personal beautiful doesn’t have to be the way they look. It’s their inside. Personality, how they act, how nice they are. Nice people is beautiful to me.”
“Kind people are caring and always willing to do something for you when you need them.”
“I would never want to go to school; just want to stay home, be sick…”
“Being mean can carry over from people being mistreated. They feel they should do the same thing because that’s all they’ve been around.”
“If our bus driver had eyes the back of his head he would definitely see all the talking and the pushing and the touching of each other...
“I feel good because I did something nice for another person. Helping someone feel better about themselves makes me feel better about myself.”
“People are making fun of that kid in the middle. He feels sad because he never did anything.” “When you’re a grown up the kids do what you do.”
This video taught some kids that mean behavior toward them at home is a cause for their own mean behavior at school; mean behavior can be imitated.
Meanness can be contagious. One can become mean as function being treated in a mean way. We need to learn how not to be mean on purpose.
College and University students learn the Video-Mirroring™ process by making videos with each other. They become the “interviewees” and then the “interviewers” using the TAI method.
“…this can happen in real life.” “This baby wouldn’t be a bully because she was treated with so much respect.” “That’s not a bullying picture. That’s a baby with her mother and father holding her.” This baby won’t grow up to be a bully because “she is surrounded by love and care.”
This video speaks to the overall problem of bullying though the eyes of middle school students. It speaks to the subtle, everyday forms of bullying that don’t often get discussed.
Captured on video these emotions have the power to reach our cores, to teach lessons that transcend textbooks and lectures.
This is LiveKind™ – a whole-school program that generates excitement and learning, where the students are the “stars” and their stories become the scripts, the conversation starters, and the lessons.
Imagine bringing the transformative power of video to schools and organizations, to talk honestly and openly about mean behavior, cyber-bullying, and name-calling. Envision kids fully engaged in “making movies” that focus on the roles students take in these anti-social behaviors, guided through this process with solid curriculum and unique learning tools.
The ultimate goal of this program is to dramatically improve school climate by reducing aggression and increasing empathy. When used in partnership with other school initiatives, LiveKind™ is a powerful tool in the educators’ tool belts, to support their desire to create peaceful, productive classrooms and schools.
LiveKind™is a partnership on all levels
We hear their words, see their expressions, and watch their body language. Meanness hurts.
There’s nothing that brings home the message about mean behavior like a student sharing openly about his/her experiences whether it’s the pain of the experience or the eventual coping skills that he/she employs to move beyond it. During the “Video-Mirroring™” session students engage in conversations about aggressive behavior, bullying, cyber-bullying and name-calling. The students address all the key components of bullying behavior in their own words.
LiveKind™, in part or in whole, can be adapted and integrated into any program that strives to improve the way we treat and interact with each other. The use of videos is an extremely attractive and exciting way of engaging kids. LiveKind™’s “bottom up” approach works exceedingly well.
We believe in collaboration. We also know that schools are often in need of resources and that our business model is unique. Through our non-profit board of directors and our generous corporate partners, we find the resources to deliver this program to schools and organizations at little or no cost. This approach eliminates a major barrier to implementation and enhances the likelihood of acceptance at the local level.
Please contact us to discuss how we can work with you to combine resources to positively change school climate and to eradicate mean behavior and bullying.