Not-the-Target provides individual counseling services and turn-key anti-bullying programs for schools, students, parents and therapists to create a community of empathetic and attuned advocates.
“We seek to empower our charges to be assertive while caring for the rights of others.”
- Jon B. Pease, Founder & Executive Director
Our in-school programs teach students, parents and educators the steps they need to:
- Recognize and respond to peer-aggression (bullying)
- Stand up for themselves (assertiveness)
- Know when to ask for help – before a situation gets out of hand
What our Children Face
For some children, the scariest thing they will do all day is go to school. Each day, over 160,000 students miss school because they are afraid to tell their caregivers, “I’m the target of bully, and I don’t know what to do.”
Educators and parents must unite and teach them the skills necesessary to know when to stand up for themselves, and when to ask for help.
Although there are severe cases of bullying, most situations can be remedied by gentle but persistent adult intervention.
Research shows that adult care-givers witness bullying only 4% of the time. That means that we’re missing 96% of confusing, saddening, angering (and sometimes) downright terrifying events in our children’s lives.
This is a totally unacceptable response rate.
As adults, it is our job to teach children. Part of this is helping them to recognize new ways to help themselves. Although each student learns in unique ways, research shows that children are simply unable to thrive when not provided with the appropriate skill set.