October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Having heard many stories about bullying, and nowadays, cyber bullying, and how much kids involved suffer from the experience, we, as parents and educators, should all work with our kids, help them gain skills in recognizing bully behavior, and be equipped with strategies on handling bully situation.
Many times, it is hard to bring up a discussion about bully with kids, so today I want to share some resources that will make the talk about bully easier. All these resources are available on your tablet.
Apps teaching kids about bullying and helping kids cope with bullying
Cool to Be Clever: a free book app for kids 6 and up, or kids who are ready to read chapter-books. It tells the true story of Edson Hendricks, who was bullied at school, found comfort in his imaginary world and invented “connectionless” network design, which is used in today’s Internet. It is an inspiring story and a good place to start the discussion about bully.
Be Confident in Who You Are : it is a graphic novel targeted at kids 8-14 years old. It addresses topics such as self-consciousness, stress, bullying, fitting in, body image, and sticky issues in friendships. Kids will have more self-confidence after reading this book. It is the first and very important step in preventing bullying.
FeelElectric : a free app from Sesame Street featuring the characters from the popular PBS show The Electric Company. Through fun games and activities, the app teaches kids to express their emotions in words. It helps kids to have better understanding of different emotions, and to verbalize the emotions in English language. Feel Electric is design for kids 6 and older, or kids who have some basic reading and spelling skills.
Real Friend vs the Other Kind : A book app addresses friendships among tween and teens. It teaches kids what a real friend looks like and how to be a real friend. Kids will learn some practical techniques handling tricky everyday situations. It is a very practical guide with everyday life situations that all kids can easily relate to.
In addition to apps, there are also some movies you can watch together. Do you know you can now stream movies via Netflix on your iPAD? I just started using it recently, and will let you know more about my experience in the next couple weeks.
If it is easier for you to talk over while watching movies, here are some good ones.
Movies and TV shows about bullying to watch with your kids
Cyber Bully (PG13): cyber bully is causing more and more concerns in today’s world. This is a good movie to watch with your teens to understand the potential impact of cyber bully on kids and discuss proper cyber behaviors with the kids.
The War (PG13): tells story of a father who helps his son fight bullies
How would you talk about bully with your kids? Any good resources you would like to recommend?
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