Rock, Paper, Scissors: A Short Film Against School Bullying

05 July, 2020
"Rock, Paper, Scissors" is a perfect tool for developing emotional intelligence in children. No, we're not talking about the game, bur rather a short film against school bullying.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Eleanor Roosevelt –

Audiovisual media as a tool in the prevention of bullying

The Rock, Paper, Scissors short from Android.
Android promotional campaign.

So, in this way, bullies often obtain recognition and attention from the rest of their classmates and, at the same time, assume a relationship model that’s based on the exclusion and disregard of others.

Bullying is an extreme form of school violence, and it’s something that parents and educators need to work hard to prevent. With that in mind, didactic audiovisual media resources can be especially helpful. They allow children to visualize the consequences of bullying in a direct way. And, as a result, children gain empathy for those who suffer from this type of aggression.

“Education is the vaccine for violence”.

– Edward James –

Rock, Paper, Scissors: A short film against bullying

There’s a multitude of videos on the internet that deal with problematic issues like school bullyingAmong them, we find the short animated film Rock, Paper, Scissors. As the title itself indicates, there are three main characters in this story: a rock, a pair of scissors, and a sheet of paper. Though it may seem like they have nothing in common, something brings them together…

All three of these characters are the victims of bullying. And so they decide to come together and help one another in order to stand up against their aggressors. So, using the power of friendship, camaraderie, and unity, they are able to overcome violence. In just one minute, this very short animated film manages to perfectly express the ability that children have to combat school bullying.

What’s more, by watching this film, students will also learn to:

  • Be sensitive to situations of bullying that take place at their schools.
  • Reflect upon and comprehend the consequences of bullying.
  • Value the importance of taking action against violent situations.
  • Consider diversity as something that’s positive and enriching.

For best results, children should watch this short film against bullying with the company of an adult. This can be a teacher, mother, father, coach, etc. Then, once the video is over, the adult should encourage and guide a conversation that will uncover the thoughts and options of the group on the subject.

Bullying is everybody’s problem

It’s important to point out that this fantastic animated short film is part of an awareness campaign from Android. This  company, by means of this audiovisual production, has attempted to do their part in stopping bullying around the world.

That’s something we should truly value, given that school bullying would go down easily if we all did our part. There are a number of different things that adults can do:

  • Host and attend awareness workshops.
  • Make donations to organizations that work to reduce bullying.
  • Educate children to be tolerant and to treat others with kindness.
  • Teach civil, ethical, and social values.
  • Set a good example through our words, attitudes, and actions.

Remember that bullying isn’t just a problem for schools – it’s something that affects and harms every part of society. Therefore, we need to pool our strengths and take a stand, taking into account the words of Japanese writer Ryūnosuke Akutagawa:

“Individually we are a drop, together we are an ocean.”

– Ryūnobsuke Akutagawa –

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