“Schools should be more proactive rather than reactive in addressing bullying. A live interactive performance is a powerful tool providing a voice for children who may not have developed language on how to address bullying. When students participate in a New York City Children’s Theater anti-bullying workshop it creates a space to talk about their own experiences with bullying in a way that is safe for them because they instantly recognize these characters. These kinds of programs allow students to identify with their own fears and experiences with bullying while providing concrete skills on what to do if they are being bullied. They also set up a platform for discussion within the school on how to address bullying while empowering the students to help make choices for themselves, their peers and school community”
— Javier A. Sanchez, LMSW
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