What do ZAP workshops involve?
As part of the one-day ZAP workshop, Kidscape specialist trainers run two separate sessions: one for young people and a supporting session for parents and carers.
Session for young people
This is a full day workshop with the following objectives:
Raising self-esteem. Teaching young people how to identify and be proud of their own unique strengths and skills - encouraging them to understand that the bullying is not their fault.
Exploring bullying roles. Defining the terms 'bully', 'bystander' and 'target', and exploring the types of behaviour that may be associated with these terms.
Assertive skills. Understanding the difference between aggression, assertiveness and passivity and how these are relevant to bullying dynamics. Young people will also learn a range of practical assertive strategies that will help them to deal with bullying situations that may occur in the future.
Positive body language. Identifying the impact of positive body language in relation to being assertive.
Cyber bullying. Raising awareness of safety risks when using the internet.
"I would definitely recommend Kidscape to others in the same situation, as I learnt a lot and had a really great day that I won't forget!" Young person
Session for parents
This is an afternoon session with the following objectives:
Assertiveness training. Ensuring parents are familiar with the assertiveness skills being taught in the young persons' session, how they can practise these with them and their relevance to tackling bullying.
Open discussion. A chance for parents to talk about the emotional challenges of dealing with bullying and if they wish to, discuss the specific issues affecting their family. The trainer will offer steps and/or techniques that may be useful for the whole group.
Understanding modelling behaviour. Explaining to parents how their own experiences or behaviour (for example passivity or anger) may reflect on their child and offering ways in which they can use assertiveness skills to effectively communicate with the school.
Support sources. Providing information about other organisations and groups that are able to help, and making parents aware of their legal rights when dealing with figures of authority.
"I cannot express enough gratitude for the difference it's made to my son. Thank you, thank you, thank you." Parent