New Zealand International Film Festival 2012 – Bully

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A powerfully effective tool in the campaign to drag school bullying out of the dark corners where it thrives, Lee Hirsch’s documentary made headlines when American censors, citing use of the f-word, made it forbidden viewing for the very audience it was designed to serve. No such restrictions exist here. — BG
“Lee Hirsch’s film is a potent and provocative look at a problem that’s out of control, what with 13 million American kids a year being bullied, and some of them even taking their own lives. Hirsch goes beyond statistics to focus on a handful of bullied students… Alex, 12, is punched and ridiculed without remorse, while school administrators tell his parents that ‘boys will be boys.’ Kelby, 16, is an athlete who comes out as gay, only to face being ostracized and run down by a car. Ja’Meya, 14, is so traumatized that she takes a gun onto her school bus to scare off bullies and faces 22 felony charges.

The families of two suicides – one boy was 17, the other 11 – try to organize on a national level, pressing students and school officials to pull the issue out of dark corners and take a stand for the silent. As one parent says to a school official who tries to brush the topic away: ‘You politicianed me.’ Bully isn’t politics. It’s a heartfelt cry for help.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“While the film focuses on the specific struggles of five families, it is also about – and part of – the emergence of a movement… Its primary audience is not middle-aged intellectuals but middle-school students caught in the middle of the crisis it so powerfully illuminates.” — A.O. Scott, NY Times


Nearly one in four Kiwi children are growing up in single-parent homes

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Nearly one in four Kiwi children are growing up in single-parent homes 

Tackling Bullying

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Tackling Bullying

UK Based video – Are schools doing enough to tackle bullying?

Drugs – Breaking the Habit

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Drugs – Breaking the Habit

UK based – Young people talk about their drug and alcohol misuse. This programme should be watched in full for suitability before showing to your class Three young people talk candidly about their experiences with drugs and alcohol in this video resource for KS3 and KS4 PSHE. They discuss what drove them to take drugs and potentially put their health, education and futures at risk and the impact it had on their lives. The short film also shows how they were helped by services like Ru-ok? in Brighton and how they eventually overcame their addictions.

What is sexual bullying?

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What is sexual bullying?

UK based – Teenagers talk about sexual bullying in schools. An informative introduction to the issue of sexual bullying, this video is designed to get KS3/4 PSHE students thinking about what sexual bullying is, and how it can make others feel. Sexual bullying can be defined as gender based bullying, bullying of a sexual nature or sexual harassment in schools. Discussions with teenagers reveal the differing attitudes towards sexual bullying and how often this behaviour can be construed as normal, making it a widespread but largely un-addressed form of bullying. Designed to stimulate debate around this sensitive issue, the video is broken into bite-sized sections, helping students gain a clear understanding of the topic.

Strategies to improve Fathers’ involvement in Education

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Strategies to Improve Fathers’ Involvement in Education

Pathways to Youth Resilience Study – Whaia To Huanui Kia Toa

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Pathways to Youth Resilience Study – Whaia To Huanui Kia Toa

Research Report

What is the research about?

This is a long-term study (8 years) looking at how young people in Aotearoa-New Zealand do in their lives and how things turn out for them.  It aims to better understand what helps them thrive and survive and to learn about what types of experiences hold them back

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