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Becoming Successful In Middle School 3

Play It Safe: Strategies Safe School Environment (#302)

This episode uses dramatic vignettes, real person interviews and teen hosts to help teach students that they are active players in creating a safe school environment. Viewers learn how important it is to refrain from negative behaviors, whether in school or on the Internet. [18 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: This series offers vital information to middle school students as they deal with peer pressure, cheating, bullies and their own identities, and challenges students to start thinking about their academic futures.

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  • The "Are You A Bully" Test (#301)

    This program challenges students to think about their own behavior with a series of seven questions about physical, verbal, and exclusionary bullying, followed by students describing their own experiences as victims and perpetrators of bullying. [23 minutes]

  • Your Reputation: Enhancing It, Repairing It (#303)

    In this episode, young viewers will understand the power of having a good reputation versus the pain of having a bad one, receive pointers on how to repair a bad reputation which often takes a long time to achieve, and includes a special section on one’s online reputation and some of the pitfalls of social networking. [19 minutes]

  • Cheating: Pressures, Choices and Values (#304)

    This program explores why young students may resort to cheating, and more importantly, it challenges viewers to consider their own values and integrity. [17 minutes]

  • Flirting Or Hurting? When Is It Okay? (#305)

    This program uses a blend of realistic dramatic scenarios, on-screen narrators and a round table discussion featuring real students to show young viewers the difference between real flirting (welcome, wanted, respectful and fun) and hurting (unwelcome, unwanted, one-sided, makes you feel bad). [20 minutes]

  • Is College for Me? (#306)

    This fast-paced program helps middle school students understand why they need to start thinking about college now. Real students from four-year, two-year and technical programs share their college experiences and why it is so important to get a college degree. [16 minutes]

  • Making The Most of Middle School (#307)

    Six highly successful high school students share their personal stories to model how to make the most of middle school, encourages viewers to explore extracurricular activities, do volunteer work, assess their values and interests, think about possible future goals, and most importantly, understand that middle school academics need to be the #1 priority for high school preparation. [19 minutes]

  • Cliques: Where Do You Fit In? (#308)

    This episode explains the nature of cliques, why they develop, how clique leadership controls members, how cliques help establish group identity, and how they can be destructive. The program also provides insight and perspective into the lives of young teens who are “in with the ‘in’ crowd” as well as those who are on the outside looking in. [15 minutes]

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