Whether you’re a parent looking for strategies to put a stop bullying behavior at your child’s school, or a teacher looking for lesson plans and anti-bullying activities to help teach kids about bullying and the impact their words and actions have on others, we’ve got 22 meaningful tips and ideas designed to boost a child’s self-esteem, teach empathy, and encourage kindness and respect.
Some of the causes of bullying;
Living in an abusive environment
Having difficulty understanding and empathizing with others
Having a history of being bullied
Feeling worried they will become a victim to bullying
Constantly seeking the approval of others
Here are some tips to teach kids about bullying;
Be clear about expectations. Whether you’re a parent or teacher trying to teach kids about bullying, it’s important that you create – and enforce – clear guidelines around bullying. Make sure your child knows you have a zero tolerance for bullying and outline the consequences you will enforce if you catch him or her engaging in such behavior.
Teach empathy. While research suggests kids aren’t fully capable of ‘taking a walk in someone else’s shoes’ until they are about 7-years-old, a child’s experiences early in life are said to play a much bigger role in developing empathy than we think. When parents take the time to teach their kids simple emotions, model empathetic behavior, and provide positive reinforcement when their child shows compassion, they are helping to build the foundation needed to identify with the feelings of others.
Be a good role model. If we want our children to be respectful and empathetic, it’s important that we model these behaviors ourselves. If we are mean and unfair towards others, our children will learn to do the same.
Take an active interest in your child’s social life. No matter how young or old your child is, make it a point to get to know his or her friends. Ask who he or she played with during recess and what games they played together after school each day, and organize playdates on weekends so you can better understand the dynamic of your child’s friendships. If you notice your child is no longer socializing with a certain friend, or appears to become uncomfortable talking about certain children in his or her class, ask creative questions to see if you can figure out the reason for the sudden shift in feelings.
Talk about it. Ask your child if he or she knows what bullying is, provide examples, and ask if he or she has ever bullied a friend or been on the receiving end of bullying behavior. Continue to look for opportunities to discuss what bullying looks like, how it impacts our feelings, and how we can put a stop to it by standing up for ourselves and others.