Wouldn’t it be great if more people stood up to bullies? With these strategies, kids who witness bullying can play a powerful role in stopping it. Share these ideas with your child to help him or her become an “upstander” and help out when they see a classmate mistreated. Emphasize to your child that standing with the victims of bullying takes courage, and that these small acts can make a big difference.
Talk to your child:
Do you ever see bullying? How does it make you feel?
Do you think you should try to help someone who is being bullied? Why or why not?
Book to share: The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand up for Others by Rob Sornson and Maria Dismondy. Ages 4 and up. One classroom has pledged to stand up for one another and to earnestly live by the golden rule. When the new kid starts to cause trouble, these classmates challenge one another to stay true to their pledge, ultimately teaching their new classmate what it means to be part of their community.