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Stop Bullying! Be a Lifesaver! Professional Development
Dianne de Las Casas and John Couret can come to your school or school district for anti-bullying professional development. As childhood victims of bullying and now anti-bullying consultants, they cover the following in their one-hour to full-day professional development session. The following is covered:

* The definition of bullying
* Examples of bullying
* Physical bullying
* Emotional bullying
* Cyber bullying
* Implementing the 7 C’s
* Courage
* Compassion
* Communication
* Conflict Resolution
* Community
* Choices
* Change
* Individual and Group Exercises
* Role Playing
* Message in a Bottle

Books for the Educators
It is helpful for every teacher in attendance to have a copy of the book. If you are interested in purchasing the book for all the teachers, we have discount pricing available.

Summary of the Story:
Fourth grader John goes to Oceanside Elementary and because of his lazy eye, he is bullied by a boy who calls himself “Shark.” Shark gives him the hurtful nickname “Deadeye John.” John feels awful so his mom cheers him up by sending him on a treasure hunt where he discovers a magical chest full of loot! He finds an eye patch and a pirate hat, and becomes “Captain Deadeye, Master of the Seven Seas.” Join Captain Deadeye on this seafaring pirate adventure where he battles a fierce storm; his nemesis, Captain Black heart; and a vicious shark, all while finding the courage to make a new friend and stand up to his real-life bully at school.

Stand up! Stand Out! Stop Bullying! Be a Lifesaver Campaign
Because of their own personal experiences with being bullied, Authors Dianne de Las Casas and John Couret are passionate about bringing awareness to the issue of bullying, helping students cope, and providing solutions to this pervasive problem. John was teased as a child because of his lazy eyes and called “Deadeye John.” Dianne was teased as a child because of third-degree burn scars covering a large portion of her body. In their Captain Deadeye anti-bully book series, a cast of cool characters (Captain Deadeye, Scarlet, and Buccaneer Bracey) go on swashbuckling adventures across the seven seas and find the courage to face their real-life bullies, creating positive change within their own communities.

What is Bullying?
Definition of Bullying – According to StopBullying.gov, “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.”

Physical – Physical bullying is inflicting bodily harm to another person. It can include:

  • Hitting
  • Slapping
  • Punching
  • Kicking
  • Tripping
  • Pushing/Shoving
  • Spitting
  • Stealing or destroying and/or tampering with another’s property

Emotional – Emotional bullying is using words and actions to make someone feel bad. It can include:

  • Verbal assault (name calling)
  • Humiliation (making someone feel bad in front of other people)
  • Intimidation (Using scare tactics)
  • Infantilization (Calling someone a “baby” or making fun of their tears)
  • Treatment which diminishes the sense of identity, dignity, and self-worth.
  • Cyberbullying – The use of electronic communication to bully a person online, typically by sending or posting messages of an intimidating or threatening nature.

Locker with Sticky Notes

“Stop Bullying! Be a Lifesaver!”
In their fun, powerful, and interactive author visit program for grades K-8, students learn how to be “Masters of the 7 Cs” and become “Life Savers.” So join John and Dianne in their national campaign to Stand up! Stand Out! And Stop Bullying!