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Bitstrips Comics: A Social Skills Intervention

**Update November 6, 2016 – This resource is no longer being offered by BitStrips

BitStrips is a web-based comic creator that can used in a variety of ways. Social workers can use the tool to teach their students social skills by creating comic prompts for their students to complete. The school social worker could also use BitStrips to create social stories and to model appropriate behaviors.

I signed up for the free trial a few months ago and I really enjoyed the multitude of features, the variety of comic prompts, and the ability to create a comic from scratch. The pricing plan was more than I could afford (I’m an intern), but it is definitely a tool I will look into once I obtain employment.

Note: BitStrips has partnered with Cartoon Network to provide a scaled down version of their comic creating tools for free. This free option is limited to anti-bullying comics and lacks many of the features of the paid version. You can access the free version at  https://stopbullying.bitstrips.com/

Here’s an example of a comic a student created with the anti-bullying version:

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About The Author

Scott Carchedi

Scott Carchedi is the founder and co-editor of SSWN. Scott provides technology support and consultative services to number of school social work associations throughout the US. Scott is also a practicing school social worker in the western suburbs of Chicago, serving grades 8-12.

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