SPRINGFIELD, NJ — With recognition for the program now hitting mainstream media outlets, the Springfield Board of Education updated parents in attendance at Monday's meeting about what the overall success of the Kinful program has meant in terms of decreasing bullying in the district.
As previously reported by TAPinto Springfield, the program uses social-emotional learning, in the form of virtual reality headsets to place students into immersive short films about bullying.
The goal is to place students into the proper framework for social/emotional learning, in which they can learn to constructively engage with bullying or recognize when they themselves are a bully.
While Springfield Superintendent Michael Davino said that the recognition for the program was nice, that was not why he and the district had done it.
"I think as a society, we have to find whatever it is that will impact on bullying," Davino said. "And impact it in a way that develops alternative approaches...[so] kids begin to understand that words can be hurtful, and action associated with those words can be even more hurtful."
Davino went on ti say that finding ways to communicate that to everyone is key. Additionally, he said that there can sometimes be an unwillingness to go to current methods and abandon what has worked before. But for Davino, that way of thinking is out of date, and is why the district turned to Kinful.
Further updates will be provided by the BOE as deemed necessary.
Watch the CBS News piece here: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/school-district-uses-virtual-reality-to-show-students-what-bullying-feels-like/