I have been searching and searching for a program that I could use and recommend for my pre-high school readers that deals with cyberbullying and how to deal with online problems for youth. I recently reviewed Adina’s Deck and loved it. It is a very different approach to engaging students and then teaching them how to handle problems that arise in the online arenas. What I like about Adina’s deck is it is:
- Scenario based: It almost feels like you are watching an episode of a TV show. You get to know characters and story lines.
- Young: It was created by a young couple and features almost exclusively teens, so it does not feel like an ‘adult’ or ‘old’ approach.
- Relevant: Sometimes the anti-bullying curriculum or programs are not realistic, either with the dialogue, solutions or scope of problems. These are very real and relatable issues for young people.
Here is the description of the program from their website:
“Adina’s Deck is a new Internet Safety DVD series designed for the classroom. In each episode, savvy characters solve contemporary problems including: cyber bullying, online predators, and plagiarism. Each episode includes bonus documentaries with experts who speak more in depth about the topics. Students watch these, along with the films and become inspired to make smart choices while online. Adina’s Deck was designed and tested at Stanford University. After testing the shows with over 150 students between the ages of 10-15, significant and substantial evidence showed improvement about the topics of cyber bullying from the perspective of the bully, victim and by-standard.”
Right now they have three episodes or DVDs they have made on plagiarism online, cyberbullying and online predators. I loved each of them and hope they come out with more. I think that this could be an interesting buy for parents who want to discuss these issues with their kids and are not sure how as well as teachers or schools. I know many schools are now using them as part of the curriculum or to start dialogue. I had approached Debbie–the creator of Adina’s deck because I wanted them to be affordable for my parent readers for the holiday season or for teachers who do not have a big budget. They have kindly offered us a holiday promo through February.
If you are interested, definitely check out their Holiday Promotions, for parents I think the DVDs are only $24.99 which is awesome.
Let me know your thoughts!