Did you know that October is Bullying Prevention Month? Hopefully your child or grandchild’s school is doing all it can to educate students on bullying and how to prevent it.
My husband and I have been trying to educate our kids about bullying since they were younger. As someone who was bullied all through school (elementary through high school) for being overweight, I know first hand what kind of “damage” it does to the person being bullied. It really knocks down your confidence and self esteem. I can’t even being to tell you how many nights I cried myself to sleep because of the horrible things some kids did to me as well as what they called me (every “fat” nickname you can think of).
My kids know that bullying is NOT tolerated in our family. They also know that they should stick up for someone who is being bullied. If they can speak out to the ones doing the bullying then it’s up to them to reach out to a teacher or someone else at school and tell them about it so they can put an end to it.
Here are some alarming stats about bullying and children/teens.
- Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University
- A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying
- 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above
- According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying
Reading these stats breaks my heart. This is why we must all work together to put an end to bullying once and for all.
If you are a parent, grandparent or educator there are a few films you can watch together as a family or with your classroom that really emphasis what bullying does to others. All of these films can be found on Netflix.
2. The War
5. Cyber Bully
It’s never too early to educate children about bullying, however it might be too “deep” of a subject for some children.
Netflix complied a list of movies that you might enjoy with your little one or family that doesn’t necessarily focus on bullying but rather how there is a hero in each and every one of us.
It’s always a great idea to watch movies like this as a family. Afterwards you should take the time to discuss the movie as a family. What did your child/grandchild think about the movie? What would they have done if they were in similar situations? What positive things did they learn from the movie? What negative things did they see in the movie that they think should have been changed and how would they go about changing it? There are no right or wrong questions or answers.
Watching movies together is a great tool to use to help open up a dialogue/discussion with your children.
If your family enjoys doing crafts together that is another great way to have a discussion about important topics.
Here are a couple of fun crafts you can do as a family. While you are working on the crafts talk about bullying with your family.
Inspire your big kids to take a stand against bullying with these empowering messages. Click here to learn how to make your own.
“I’m a Superhero” Photo Magnet
Show your little ones there’s a superhero in every kid with this fun and easy craft. Click here for full instructions.
I have heard of the film Bully before. I am thinking about watching it with my family this weekend. I’m not sure about the Tie Dye crafts (not sure my teen son would be interested). I know my daughter would love to make them.
How do YOU teach your child/grandchild about bullying? What tools do you use? Do you use movies to help educate them about bullying? Have you ever tried crafts? Feel free to share how you discuss bullying with your family.
*I have partnered with Netflix who provided the information/sources. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.