This month is National Bullying Prevention Month and it's the perfect time to remember a key point in your parenting. Just like “Only you can prevent forrest fires,” Only you can teach your kids early about bullying. You have to be your child's teacher and a great way to do this is by getting on their level. There is a fantastic community I want to share with you to will help with this.
Each day 160,000 students miss school for fear of being bullied. That number should be zero. We should be teaching our children to be kind and helpful. We also need to teach our children to stand up to these bullies. Awesome Upstander also has a very fun app that you can download for your children. Awesome Upstander! – iPhone and the Awesome Upstander! HD – iPad . Plus right now for every app downloaded 50% of the proceeds goes to benefit the Kind Campaign and TruthLocker.
The app is a fun game. You collect friends, healthy food and special items then head to get between the bully and the innocent girl being bullied. You get to jump through cafeterias and the halls of the school. The friends you collect help to stop the bully. Playing the game with your child you can educate them on intervening in a bully situation while you play!
I've been on both sides of the trouble of bullying with my daughter. She went through a spell of wanting to be the girl in charge in her class room and when someone didn't listen she would push them down. We finally broke her of the behavior and this last month some thing similar surfaced. Except this time other children were hitting her. She would retaliate by hitting or pushing the child away (her being much bigger would end up pushing them over). Some parents teach their children “Not to tell” because it's considered tattling but what are you really teaching your child? That it's ok for another child to hit them? To steal their toys? That they should just get over it and shut up!? No way! I'm all for my child tattling if it saves her from bruises and scratches. When they are older they won't live in fear of other children hurting her.
The Awesome Upstander! website has downloadable resources for both teachers and parents. So check them out and download the app to start teaching your kids about bullying in a fun way! Help spread the word about this great app!
I'm helping Awesome Upstander! to help spread the word about the game. All opinions expressed on my blog are all my own.