The Bullying Problem and What We Can Do
It’s very easy these days to find news stories about bullying being out of control, sometimes leading to tragic consequences.
What’s a parent to do? We send our kids to school and we want them to have positive experiences, free from the violence and negativity of bullying, and the terrible impact it can have on their sense of self. How do we keep them safe? Beyond that, how do we make sure they aren’t the ones doing the bullying? And that they will stand up for others when they see them being targeted?
Here at SmartFeed, we believe that part of the equation is making sure our kids’ media is sending the right messages - that bullying is unacceptable and is best combatted with self-confidence, empathy and kindness. We have put together a list of Books, Apps, Movies and TV shows which reinforce these messages.
Check out our Top Media Picks for Building Anti-Bullying Behavior
There are tons of great resources out there if you are facing a bullying issue in your family or organization, or if you just want to learn more about this topic.
Committee for Children is a “global nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning and development.” Their Second Step program is a research-based educational program that helps instill developmentally appropriate social-emotional skills in children to prevent bullying.
The Greater Good Science Center has lots of posts and information about bullying and what we can do about it. A great post to start with is Eight Keys to End Bullying.
StopBullying.gov is a website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services full of great information about what parents, educators, community members, teens and kids can do to combat bullying. Of particular interest are their sections on Cyberbullying and their Get Help Now page which breaks down exactly who you should contact in a variety of bullying-related situations.
The motto for BullyBust is “promoting a community of upstanders.” Their site is full of information on how to encourage kids to become upstanders, who will stand up for themselves and others in the face of bullying behavior. A section on their site called Upstander Alliances has resources to aid schools in setting up teams that raise awareness of and help put an end to bullying.
“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
In an effort to build awareness of bullying prevention, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center founded National Bullying Prevention Month 10 years go. Every October, institutions and individuals across the country host events and promote resources to ensure people realize that bullying is not a “rite of passage” or an experience that will “toughen kids up,” but a true danger to our children that should be addressed. It can be scary sending our kids out into the world not knowing what they will face. Join SmartFeed to create a supportive community for your kids by sharing positive media examples of treating others with compassion and kindness and standing up for oneself and others. We can do our best to raise our kids to respond to bullying behavior with resilience and empathy.
Written by:Rhiannon Shoults-Wilson, SmartFeed Curator