Book Now: Free Bullying Prevention Assembly

Don’t Be a Monster is now booking presentations for 2017!

If you are an educator and are interested in having Phobius bring this FREE bullying prevention assembly to your school, please click here to schedule a presentation.

Don’t Be A Monster is the largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works alongside Haunted Attractions in the United States. We offer unique and entertaining anti-bullying assemblies for students in 4th-10th grade. Our mission is simple: we work to educate and empower youth to be leaders around diversity, inclusiveness, and show them how to stand up for their friends and peers.

The bullying prevention assembly is delivered in the months of late September through November, during National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and the Halloween season. Don’t Be A Monster’s program is highly effective: 98.21% of schools surveyed post-presentation find our material beneficial and memorable for their students. 

We believe in a positive, proactive approach. Students leave our presentations equipped to have an educated and empathetic discussions with their peers.

Regarding Presentations

How do I schedule a presentation?

Click here to schedule a presentation. 

Do you do presentations in ____ city?

Don’t Be A Monster is limited to doing presentations only in cities where we have existing markets. We are unable to do presentations outside of these cities. Currently, we offer presentations in Anderson, IN / Atlanta, GA / Austin, TX / Caldwell, ID / Chicago, IL / Cleveland, OH / Denver, CO / Detroit, MI / Kansas City, MO / Lake Charles, LA / Phoenix, AZ / Salt Lake City, UT / San Antonio, TX / St. Louis, MO / Seattle, WA / Ulster Park, NY / Waukesha, WI. If you are interested in bringing bullying prevention materials to your school, we suggest exploring StopBullying.GovPacer Bullying Prevention, and the Olweus Bullying prevention program.

Are your presentations appropriate for students in KG – 3rd grade?

Don’t Be A Monster is a presentation geared for students in 4th-10th grade. Our mascot is a Frankenstein-inspired character named Frank. In the past, he has been frightening to students under 4th grade. He isn’t a scary or mean character in general, but he has a large presence that can startle younger kids. Additionally, each of our presentations are sponsored locally by haunted houses. The haunted house covers the costs of attending schools, so that is why it’s free to most schools. Due to the mention of the haunted attraction, most students get excited about visiting a haunted house and it creates a buzz in the school. Most 4th graders are a reasonable age to attend a haunted attraction. KG -3rd grade are a bit too young for that.
We do not encourage students younger than 4th grade attend the presentation.

 What is covered in your presentations?

The presentation changes each year. The 2017 presentation is as follows:

* Start with a short intro and make the connection between the haunted house and the program
* Define what bullying is vs. rude behavior
* Go over updated bullying statistics
* Talk about where bullying happens/why it happens/effects/why students are hesitant to report
* Provide 7 tips for being an Upstander (make new friends, not spreading rumors, offering a distraction if they see an incident in progress, respecting differences, etc)
* Finally, we finish with a slide with 3 resources for students that may be struggling. They are To Write Love on Her Arms (a self-harm organization), The Trevor Project (a LGBTQ organization), and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number.

I hear your wristbands have the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number on them this year. How did you come to that decision and can we opt out of receiving them?

In our experience, students who need serious help are less likely to reach out and ask for it. We wanted to provide help in the hands of each student we work with. The inside of the bracelet says “you matter” and provides the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number.
During our presentations in the past, we have had students as young as 4th graders approach us with some serious questions. We have to image there are some that don’t feel comfortable approaching someone. While we completely understand that this may be an uncomfortable topic for some, it is so very important that we are there for these kids that need help. 
You are more than welcome to opt out of receiving the wristbands. When you schedule your presentation, simply let us know your school is opting out and we will not bring them.

My students saw your presentation last year. Will they be seeing the same presentation twice if I book you again this year?

Absolutely not! While the themes of bullying prevention and our general “Halloween-themed presentation” remain constant, our content is completely new and our presentation is built from scratch each year. We include at least one new video, update statistics, and generate up-to-date and relevant information every year. Almost all schools we visit book us every year.

Can I volunteer at a presentation?

Unfortunately, we are rarely able to bring volunteers to presentations. Schools we visit often require background checks, and we prefer to have them run a batch at the beginning of September to keep things simple on all ends. We are unable to allow volunteers into schools for a one-time presentation. A volunteer must commit to work with us the beginning of September through November.

My kid attends a school where you are presenting. Can I come watch the presentation?

That is at the discretion of the school. We welcome parents to attend presentations.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to email [email protected] for more information.