Bullying comes in many shapes and sizes, but we can all agree none of them are helpful. The films in our No Bullies, Please! programs give students helpful examples of how to resolve conflicts peacefully, how to build empathy, and help others in need.
All programs include theatrical screening and media education.
How to book?
Book a field trip or in-school session today.
How much does it cost?
Field trips: Tickets are $6 per kid for groups of 25 or more and $7 for groups under 25. Chaperones attend free of charge based on an approximate 10:1 ratio of students to chaperonesthere is a $10 fee for each additional chaperone. Refreshment packages are available.
In-School sessions: Session cost is determined by class size. We charge $8 per kid for groups of 50 or more, but there is a minimum fee of $400 for groups of 50 or less. There is an additional $100 fee for each additional 20 miles from Chicago.
Grades PreK & K
Remembering to respect each other's feelings and allowing others in on the fun is the best game of all. Learn to share, as well as to understand and respect differences with the characters in these animated films.
In one short, Stick and Stone are as different as can be. They become buddies after one "sticks" up for the other after being "needled" and bullied by Pinecone. In this sweet tale, they discover how much true friendship "rocks." In another short, Edison doesn't understand why Molly Monster's new toy is getting all the attention at the moment and he feels left out. How does he handle it?
Themes: Recognizing feelings of others; empathy; sharing; tolerance, respect; recognizing differences; identifying boundaries, communication; playing well with others, including others in play, good modeling in saying sorry.
Films: Sesame Workshop: "New Friends", Sharing, Tip the Mouse: "You're Not My Friend Any More", Strange Encounters of the Friendly Kind: "Spiky Ones", Don't Give Up, Marcopolis, Black Sheep, Lambs, Fitting In, Diversity, Stick and Stone, Mouse for Sale, Molly Monster: "New Toy", and Meatballs & the Sorry Bullies.
90 mins with media education.
Sticks & Stones and Other Stories
Words and actions can be very powerful, even hurtful. Sometimes, a wordless gesture of inclusion is all it takes to communicate. These characters in this program learn how to use words and actions to include, instead of exclude friends.
In one film, when a goofy monster makes a mistake, he learns how to say "sorry" like he means it. In another short, when undersea creatures deflect a crabby crustacean's comments on a daily basis, can they still decide to help him, once he's in trouble? In the last film, while three girls wear pink on the outside, they are tough on the inside. They don't let anyone else's impressions hold them back from their pursuing their skateboard dreams.
Themes: Self-expression for channeling conflict resolution/anger management; deflecting taunts and labels; saying sorry; learning empathy and helping when someone else needs it; stepping up, not being a bully bystander.
Films: Left Out, Bunny New Girl, Trude's Flatmate: "Digger", Peanut Butter and Jellyfish, Tip the Mouse: "Tall Tales", Stick and Stone, Stone Soup, The Story of Percival Pilts, and Pink Helmet Posse.
90 mins with media education. Screened in English, German, and French with English subtitles.
Do Unto Otters
Feeling left out is tough. That's why it's so great when someone remembers to include a new person in playtime. The characters in this program learn to appreciate each other's differences and involve others in activities.
When Alli's big sister and her bestie exclude her from playtime, it's the younger sister who shows them a way they can all join in the fun. In another short, a boy stands his ground against the mean girls who make fun of his stocking cap. He knows someone older to turn to, to take the positive route. Lastly, Annabel is the shy new girl in class who just wants to hide from her classmates, until Bethany includes her with one simple gesture.
Themes: Recognizing feelings of others; empathy; sharing; tolerance, respect; recognizing differences; identifying boundaries, communication; playing well with others, including others in play, good modeling in saying sorry..
Films: Left Out, Macropolis, In a Cage, No, No, No!The Hat, Play Lunch, Gorilla, Do Unto Otters (A Book About Manners), Frenemy, and Bunny New Girl.
90 mins with media education. Screened in English and Finnish with English subtitles.
Actions Speak Louder
Sometimes it only takes one action to turn around a bullying situation. It's not easy being different or being the new kid in school, and a little empathy can go a long way to help. The characters in these films "step it up" and lead with their actions.
In one film, Nicolas arrives at school and the other children think he's strange. But that doesn't stop classmate Maria from reaching out to include him during playtime. In another film that takes place in an African village, Sule teaches a girl to include the new boy and reject negative peer pressure. In the last film, class blowhard Plugger thinks he's the champ of the playground's favorite game. Can Max not lose his marbles, literally?
Themes: Turn to an adult; don't be a bystander; strategies for overcoming bullies.
Films: Left Out, Eyes on the Stars, The Child Who Hammered Nails, In a Heartbeat, Anatole's Little Saucepan, Strings, Bunny New Girl, The Boy with Chocolate Fingers, Sule and the Case of the Tiny Sparks, and Spill.
90 mins with media education. Screened in English, Innu, and Spanish with English Subtitles.
Teasing + Texting: Taking Back Control
Words can hurt as badly as blows, but the characters in these short films find strategies and strengths, and start to take control of their situations.
In one film, Anni's father discovers she's been the victim of a mean, name-calling text message. She finds that even though looking to him for the right answers is tough, it's totally worth it. In another film, not only is Munya isolated because she comes from another ethnic group, she is relentlessly teased for perceived body issues. Seeking inspiration from another adult outside the home provides her inspiration to stand up to bulllies, both in the neighborhood and at home. In the last film, talented photographer Annegien has an amazing number of Instagram followers. Pressured to post, can she stay true to her vision?
Themes: Standing up to peer pressure; empathy; friendship; confidence; indirect/verbal/psychological bullying; social media abuse, enforced social isolation, spreading rumors, intentional exclusion. Apply decision-making skills to deal responsibly with daily social situations.
Films: Tricks and Cllcks: "How to Handle Internet Bullying", Appearance and Reality, Weekend Practice, Specky Four Eyes, Munya in Me, Welcome to My Life, and The Girl of 672K.
90 mins with media education. Screened in English, German, Finnish, and Dutch with English subtitles.
Look Before You Leap
Don't leap to conclusions! Before making a choice about friends and cliques, make good judgments. The characters in these films make decisions on their own about fitting in. However, with hard decisions come consequences.
In one film, Moises is teased and is pressured to skip class, but realizes what is at stake is more important. In another film, Emily really wants to fit in with the Cool Girls, but is confronted with an awkward choice, to not only betray Rebecca, but humiliate her. Does she make a good decision? In an Academy Award nominated film, Festival favorite The Dam Keeper, a quiet creature makes a new friend, and then an incorrect assumption with catastrophic consequences.
Themes: Recognizing bullying motivation; evaluate ways of dealing with being teased or left out; distinguish between bullying and nonbullying situations; ignore negative peer pressure; identify strategies for avoiding risky behavior; direct bullying versus indirect bullying.
Films: Welcome to My Life, Driven, Eleven, Little Lunch: "The Principal's Office", The Dam Keeper, and Immersion.
90 mins with media education. Screened in English and Spanish with English subtitles.
No Labels, No Limits
The characters in these short films find confidence in their uniqueness. But appearances, disability, body size, cultural backgrounds, and religions can be targets for being judged and bullied.
In one film, summer campers face off against bigots in a basketball game. Can they overcome preconceived notions? In another film, the characters in a race reject a newcomer from the countryside, despite demonstrated ability. Will someone come forward and not remain a bully bystander? In another film, not only is Munya teased for her immigrant ways, but her size. She seeks inspiration from her favorite female artist to break out of the bully group's preconceptions. Reconnecting to her favorite hobby, Munya demonstrates to the group once and for all that she owns her differences.
Themes: Tolerance/Respect; identifying stereotyping based on gender, religion, disability, appearance; recognizing feelings/perspectives of others; recognizing individual differences; investigate traditions of others; confidence in Individuality. .
Films: Driven, Emmeline, Guri Gursjen & Gursjan Gru, Basketball Game, Specky Four Eyes, Beach Flags, Scarves, Crosses, and Incense, and Munya in Me.
90 mins with media education. Screened in English, Finnish, Persian, and Dutch with English subtitles.
Power and Prejudice
Taking control of emotions can feel complicated. Identity and the sense of place can be confusing. How can one be an "enemy" in one's own home? The characters in these stories find ways through word and deed to show the meaning of self-reflection, identity, strength, communication, and compassion.
In one film, a sports competition is big among the girls. However, the real prize turns out to be inclusion and compassion as teen girls overcome norms by providing mutual support. In another film, reserved and withdrawn teen, Yussef, is often bullied by his classmates. In threat of being expelled from his school for his often hostile and disengaged behavior, Yussef is implored by his teacher to express his emotions and share the day that changed his life through a class assignment. Included: 2016 Oscar-nominated Bear Story!
Themes: Use communication and social skills to interact effectively with others; demonstrate an ability to prevent, manage, and resolve interpersonal conflicts in constructive ways; demonstrate empathy with others in a variety of situations and develop strategies to provide support to others experiencing the same problems; use verbal and non-verbal strategies to resolve group conflict. Identify strategies to cope with negative outcomes of war/relocation/trauma); respecting differences of gender, religion, culture, immigrant status.
Films: Alpha Beta Complex, A Hat Theory, Bear Story, No Fish Where to Go, Beach Flags, Scarves, Crosses, and Incense, and Yussef is Complicated.
90 mins with media education. Screened in English, Persian, and Finnish with English subtitles.