What movies, video games, and TV shows can you think of that have themes about bullying? What happens to the bully and what happens to the victim? Share your thoughts with your kids and ask for their ideas and opinions.
Tip of the Day April 28
Help your child block cyberbullies on their phone and social media accounts. Report inappropriate messages to your service provider; report threats to law enforcement officials.
Tip of the Day April 27
Use books to talk to your kids about bullying. Two good ones: Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell and Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig.
Tip of the Day April 26
As early as preschool, kids are able to distinguish differences between themselves and others. This is normal development, but help children to also notice the things they have in common. “Yes, that man’s in a wheelchair, but he likes to wear baseball caps just like you do.”
Tip of the Day April 25
Help your kids troubleshoot tricky social situations by playing the “what if” game: What if some kids were gossiping about you? What if you hurt someone’s feelings? What if saw someone else being picked on?
Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook may give kids the impression that it’s okay to say anything that’s on their mind at any time, without any filtering. Counter this with messages that promote thinking before you speak.
Tip of the Day April 22
Who are your child’s heroes? Teachers, coaches, sports figures, entertainers, family members? Ask your child to describe the qualities that make someone a hero and share some of your heroes.
Tip of the Day April 21
If your child is being bullied, don’t minimize or rationalize the situation. Instead give her messages of “I hear you and I’m on your side.”
Tip of the Day April 20
Teach your kids that reality TV is not real. When kids see real housewives throwing chairs or dance moms in screaming fights, it’s easy to think that those things are normal. If you see people on screen acting in a way that you would not allow in your own home, turn the channel.