Back to school: Fight Bullying with a Smile
- Simply smile. A simple smile is all it takes to begin a friendship. Encourage your child to smile at their peers when they head back to school – especially those that are the target of bullies. This simple gesture can help someone in need. If your child is the one being bullied, help them understand that most bullies are just looking for a reaction. Encourage them to simply smile instead of getting worked up in an effort to get bullies to leave them alone.
- Get crafty. For bullied students, heading back to school can cause great anxiety. Spend some time with your child before school begins and create a craft that they can hand out to their classmates in an effort to make everyone feel included. GEDC recommends adding beads to a safety pin as a “friendship charm” – a perfect addition to a backpack or pencil case.
- Stand up to bullies. If your student sees someone being bullied, educate them on how to stand up against a bully. Most bullies feel foolish after being confronted. After confronting the bully, encourage your child to reach out to a teacher or trusted adult to report the behavior.
- Treat others the way you want to be treated. This tip is nothing new, but can be very powerful. As back to school season begins, take time to talk with your children on how to respect their peers and use their smile to comfort others and make friends.
Here at Product Review Cafe we feel that there is no use for bullying and we support 100% the tips provided in this article. If you have any other helpful tips for anti-bullying please feel free to share them in the comments section of this article or even on our Facebook page. New thoughts on this idea are ALWAYS accepted here and we wish everyone a happy and safe 2017-2018 school year.