Check out these comments from parents and kids about our anti-bullying program
My son can handle every situation
“My son, Ian, has been practicing Verbal Judo / Verbal Defense for a number of years now. It’s been very good for him.
“I notice a difference in his overall demeanor. He’s more relaxed, confident and self assured. He can handle himself in all situations.
“I had a situation about a week ago when someone got very confrontational with me. I thought about Ian and the Verbal Judo and it made me take a step back, take a second and relax.
“It made me handle things differently than I otherwise would have. We appreciate that this bullying program has been exposed to us.”
Dad, who also is an attorney, uses verbal defense at work
“My children are using verbal defense school and I as an attorney am using it in the courtroom.
“I know that out there in the real world, police, firemen and emergency responders are using this, too.
“It helps you diffuse the other side and keeps things on a very civil level. I think we should continue to use this for the rest of our lives.”
Skills last from childhood to professional careers
“My two children, ages 7 and 10, loved the bullying course. These are verbal defense skills that can be used all the way from from childhood through their professional careers.
“The thing about the course that my wife really liked was using a funny word to change, or use as a defense.”
This is an important social issue
“What an important social issue you’re helping to tackle! Mercifully, (my daughter) has never been bullied … teased, but not bullied. She’s got good self esteem, is confident and, for the most part, not passive.
“I hope we never have to deal with this issue head on, but thanks for the language in case we ever do.”
Patty Harrigan Mills
Playground supervisor: “I like the series”
“I like this series. I am in my 9th year of playground supervisor at an elementary school and many of the skills being taught are things kids can use.
“Kids sometimes on the playground don’t even realize they’re being bullied or the bullies don’t realize they are bullying. Sports dominance is such a huge factor. Teaching fairness, compassion and a sense of being humble is big.
“One of my favorite lines in a movie is from ‘Princess Diaries’ and it says, ‘no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.’ I’ve always tried to teach my kids this (my daughter more encounters needing the line than my son.) These videos seem to be on track with that concept.’”
Stacey Van Rens
College administrator weighs in
“This bully program is amazing. I went through the videos, powerpoints and info sheets. WOW! Very well orchestrated, and what an impact … I love the terminology . . . my favorite . . . . Bully Shield!
Associate Dean of Public Safety
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College