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Tuesday, June 2, 2009


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One of the main issues dealt with in the first books in my Learn to be Buddies series is the issue of bullying and resilience. The picture book deals with teaching children skills to stand up for themselves, as well as addressing things from the perspective of the child who is being rough.
This month I want to explore a series of resources around the issue of bullying. I would also love to hear stories from parents and teachers, or other who have been bullied at school. If you would like to share your experiences, just comment here.
I am going to look at bullying definitions, laws, prevention methods, ideas for dealing with bullying and anything else that you might want to ask or share.
I know this is an emotional and very significant issue which has no easy solution, so I am hoping just to share ideas rather than offer definitive solutions. I hope we can all help each other!


Anonymous,  June 8, 2009 at 12:49 PM  

Great Blog!! Lots of useful and important information. Educators can play a primary role in dealing with bullying in the classroom. My school in IL has a zero tolerance policy. Bullying is frowned upon by other children as well. Unfortunately, it still happens. School social workers can be helpful to address the underlying issues which cause this behavior in children.

...and let's not forget -- bullying still occurs when we are adults, but it is a whole different ballgame.

The time to address it is when children are young.

Shelley June 8, 2009 at 10:08 PM  

Great topic - a very difficult one I know - but when I am looking at schools - hearing that thereis bullying doesn't worry me half so much when straight afterwards I hear "The school handled it really well." Thanks.

Unknown July 22, 2009 at 5:33 PM  

Developing empathy, compassion, patience and learning how to make friends (and be a friend) are some of the most essential life skills for a child. I just don't think that you can make friends with everyone. I recently got a program called The Total Bully Solution, and it seems to provide some very practical stratagies for children age 5-12. Love and friendship are precious; they shouldn't be squandered on those who don't want or deserve it.

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