Posts tagged helping kids handle bullying
What happens when harmless spats over sharing toys are replaced by cruel cyber-rumors about liking boys? Will your daughter know what to do when pint-sized pushes evolve into painful tween shoves? When the simplicity of forming a friendship just by climbing the same jungle gym is replaced by the intricacy of scaling middle-school social ladders, how can you teach your daughter to stand up to bullies?
Over the years, I have met the most interesting and inspiring people, working in the field of child and adolescent mental health. Through my work in helping kids develop skills to cope effectively with bullying, this list has instantly multiplied!
Check out Sweethearts and Heroes, a most unique and engaging organization founded jointly by a professional MMA fighter and a teacher. Through teacher training, parent presentations, and assemblies geared especially for middle and high school audiences, Sweethearts and Heroes is developing strategies to put an end to bullying.
“Through knowledge and communication we are committed to bringing our message to individual communities; not only to help the victims, but especially to empower bystanders to make a difference. We all have the potential to be someone’s hero.”
Check this innovative non-profit out on Facebook and add them to your Favorite pages. You can also read about one of their recent school presentations, and watch co-founder Tom Murphy in action here: http://rochester.ynn.com/content/all_news/western_ny/557390/students-get-anti-bullying-tips-from-mma-fighter/
As sure as kids will go back to school each Fall in the U.S., bullying will be encountered in the classroom each school year. In these early days of August and September classes, would-be bullies are getting a feel for who they think might be an easy mark in the class. As the days wear on and a bully confirms that he or she can pick on specific classmates without their standing up for themselves, the bullying escalates. (more…)