Facets Teaching Resources

No Bullies, Please!

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.

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Film still from New Friends  program

New Friends

Grades PreK & K (Ages 2–5)

90 mins with media education.

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.

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?

Sesame Workshop: "New Friends"   (Canada)
Sharing   (USA)
Tip the Mouse: "You're Not My Friend Any More"   (Italy/Germany)
Strange Encounters of the Friendly Kind: "Spiky Ones"   (Germany)
Don't Give Up   (USA)
Macropolis   (Northern Ireland)
Black Sheep   (Croatia)
Lambs   (Germany)
Fitting In   (Canada)
Diversity   (USA)
Stick and Stone   (USA)
Mouse for Sale   (Belgium)
Molly Monster: "New Toy"   (Germany)
Meatballs and the Sorry Bullies   (Sweden)

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Film still from Sticks & Stones program

Sticks & Stones and Other Stories

Grades K–2 (Ages 4–7)

90 mins with media education.
Screened in English, German, and French with English subtitles.

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.

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.

Left Out   (USA)
Bunny New Girl   (Australia)
Trude's Flatmate: "Digger"   (Germany)
Peanut Butter and Jellyfish   (USA)
Tip the Mouse: "Tall Tales"   (Italy/Germany)
Stick and Stone   (USA)
Stone Soup   (Belgium/France)
The Story of Percival Pilts   (Australia/New Zealand)
Pink Helmet Posse   (USA)

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Film still from Do Unto Otters program

Do Unto Otters

Grades 1–3 (Ages 5–8)

90 mins with media education.
Screened in English and Finnish with English subtitles.

Themes: Recognizing feelings and perspectives of others; individual and group similarities and differences; Recognize the existence of various groups based on social and cultural variables .ways cultural groups differ from one another; empathy; what is a bully bystander; social bullying (being excluded); sense of shared community; sharing with others; identifying unwelcome teasing behaviors; identifying adults to turn to in bullying situations

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.

Left Out   (USA)
Macropolis   (Northern Ireland)
In a Cage   (France)
No, No, No!—The Hat   (Finland)
Play Lunch   (Australia)
Gorilla   (Finland)
Do Unto Otters (A Book About Manners)   (USA)
Frenemy   (Germany)
Bunny New Girl   (Australia)

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Film still from Actions Speak Louder program

Actions Speak Louder

Grades 3–5 (Ages 8–11)

90 mins with media education.
Screened in English, Innu, and Spanish with English subtitles.

Themes: Recognize personal qualities and external supports. Recognize feelings and perspectives of others. Demonstrate strategies for resisting negative peer pressure. Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in school. Practice aligning non-verbal and verbal communication in refusing unwanted behavior. Recognize how a situation would make you feel and treat others accordingly. Identify unwelcome teasing or bullying behaviors, Identify intervention strategies to stop bullying. Suggest ways of addressing personal grievances to avoid conflict. Analyze different approaches to dealing with conflict (e.g. avoidance vs compliance). Analyze why you may have to use different strategies for dealing with different conflict situations. Identify reliable adults from whom you would seek help in various situations. Understanding zero tolerance for bully by standing behavior.

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?

Left Out   (USA)
Eyes on the Stars   (USA)
The Child Who Hammered Nails   (Canada)
In a Heartbeat   (Iceland)
Anatole's Little Saucepan   (France)
Strings   (Mexico)
Bunny New Girl   (Australia)
The Boy with Chocolate Fingers   (England)
Sule and the Case of the Tiny Sparks   (USA)
Spill   (Australia)

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Film still from Teasing + Texting program

Teasing + Texting: Taking Back Control

Grades 6–8 (Ages 11–14)

90 mins with media education.
Screened in English, German, Finnish, and Dutch with English subtitles.

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.

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?

Tricks and Cllcks: "How to Handle Internet Bullying"   (Germany)
Appearance and Reality   (Hungary)
Weekend Practice   (Finland)
Specky Four Eyes   (France)
Munya in Me   (Netherlands)
Welcome to My Life   (France/USA)
The Girl of 672K   (Netherlands)

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Film still from Look Before You Leap program

Look Before You Leap

Grades 6–8 (Ages 11–14)

90 mins with media education.
Screened in English and Spanish with English subtitles.

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.

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.

Welcome to My Life   (France/USA)
Driven   (USA)
Eleven   (New Zealand)
Little Lunch: "The Principal's Office"   (Australia)
The Dam Keeper   (USA)
Immersion   (USA)

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Film still from No Labels,  No Limits program

No Labels, No Limits

Grades 6–9 (Ages 11–15)

90 mins with media education.
Screened in English, Finnish, Persian, and Dutch with English subtitles.

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.

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.

Driven   (USA)
Emmeline   (England)
Guri Gursjen & Gursjan Gru   (Norway)
The Basketball Game   (Canada)
Specky Four Eyes   (France)
Beach Flags   (France)
Scarves, Crosses, and Incense   (Finland)
Munya in Me   (Netherlands)

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Film still from Power and Prejudice program

Power and Prejudice HS

Grades 9+ (Ages 14+)

90 mins with media education.
Screened in English, Persian, and Finnish with English subtitles.

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.

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!

Alpha Beta Complex   (Canada)
A Hat Theory   (Russian Federation)
Bear Story   (Chile)
No Fish Where to Go   (Canada)
Beach Flags   (France)
Scarves, Crosses, and Incense   (Finland)
Yussef is Complicated   (England)

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All films are official selections from the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, and all programs include an introduction and post-screening discussion led by one of our trained media educators. Curriculum aligned with the Common Core is also provided to teachers prior to the day of screening.

Flexible scheduling throughout the day—come to us or let us come to you! To book your group please contact groups@facets.org or 773.281.9075 ext. 3040.