Using Magic, Games and Trolls to Stop Trolling & Bullying

Anti-bullying program at Lehi elementary getting kids excited to be kind

Kids who are caught playing games in class, usually get in trouble, but not at Sego Lily Elementary School in Lehi.
 
The school's principal has developed a program that uses online gaming, fantasy books and pokemon-like trading cards to battle bullying and anti-social behavior.
 
And it's working, partly because she's using trolls to stop trolling.
 
"They can earn troll cards which are kind of like Pokemon cards. Kids can earn gems [which we] call bling. Kids love the bling," says Courtney Johnson, principal at Sego Lily Elementary.
 
Johnson is the creator of My Troll Patrol, a creative program to teach kids pro-social behavior.
 
"It's a pro-social program that helps teachers teach kids the skills they need so that they won't become bullies or be bullied," says James Young, whose son Jaden graduated from Sego Lily Elementary last year.
 
Sego Lily is one of several schools Jaden's attended, and his father noticed something very different about Jaden's school experience.
 
"So I'd ask him all the time is there any bullies is anyone being mean to you and he's like no, and I'm like are you sure, because that doesn't seem right, when I was a kid this is what happens," says James Young.
 
Both Jaden and James credit his success to My Troll Patrol.
 
Johnson used to be a punitive principal.
 
"I'd suspend kids like crazy. But kids were resenting that. They were only [being obedient] to avoid punishment," says Johnson.
 
So Johnson decided to focus on positive reinforcement to teach kids vital life skills.
 
"We tried to figure out 9 essential values that kids need to know to be successful socially," Johnson says.
 
Values like "Do Hard Things", "Act Not React" and "Be Honest"
 
"You know the golden rule, but the golden rule on steroids," quipped Johnson.
 
Or like "Be Responsible".
 
 "Why should I be responsible? That's boring. Kids don't care when you say 'be responsible," says Johnson. "But when you add in the magic of the troll and bring in the stories that are exciting and fun and engaging, kids will read them and then hopefully, the idea is, they'll internalize all this information and want to make changes in their life."
 
Johnson says she's spent about $20,000 out of her own pocket creating My Troll Patrol.
 
All the artwork, stories and computer programming were donated by passionate parents and teachers.
 
"I think since we've started this, mostly the physical bullying has gone down a lot I haven't seen any real fights," says Desireé Whitehead, a 5th grader at Sego Lily Elementary School.
 
You can purchase My Troll Patrol for your own kids or students:
 
 
 
 
 

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