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Using Kidlit to Acknowledge National Bullying Prevention Month

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Can you believe this is the 10 year anniversary of the inception of National Bullying Prevention Month?

National Bullying Prevention month

National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.

PACER developed the initial campaign National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week in response to the need to raise awareness of bullying, as it was historically viewed “a childhood rite of passage” and believed that bullying “made kids tougher”, when the reality is that bullying has devastating effects such as school avoidance, loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression. PACER reached out to the community through partnerships with education based organizations such as National PTA, American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association to provide schools, parents and students with resources to respond to bullying behavior and to begin the shift of societal acceptance of bullying to social change of addressing the issue through education and support.

Over the past 10 years, this campaign grew from a small week-long event to a worldwide effort with multiple activities throughout October. National Bullying Prevention Month is supported by hundreds of schools, major corporations, and celebrities.

Raising awareness about bullying starts with a conversation. Pacer.org created their The End of Bullying Begins With Me! campaign as a way to let bullied teens speak up and speak out against bullying. Go here to learn more and watch some pretty powerful stories.

The conversation between parents and school-aged kids can be a little tougher to initiate, but here at Jump Into a Book, we feel books are the best way to open the dialogue on a tricky topic. From picture books to chapter books, I’ve dug up and reviewed some pretty amazing books for kids that educate on the subject of bullying. Here are some age-appropriate books for kids:

K-2

(click the image to view the extended book descriptions of many excellent picture books on this subject)

bully booklist k-2

 

 Grades 3-5

(click the image to view the extended book descriptions of many excellent picture books on this subject)

bully booklist grades 3-5

Grades 6-8th

(click the image to view the extended book descriptions of many excellent picture books on this subject)

bullying booklist 6-8

“With all my might, you’ll all take flight… If I could but wish for better things, you’d all disperse and grow your wings. ”  Benjamin Brewster, Dandelion

 

APPS

Rarely do I feel captivated and drawn into an imaginary app world, but this app had me with the first screen and the first note of the it’s beautiful soundtrack. From there, we entered into a world of hope and possibilities. Even more surprising is the topic matter of e-book app, which is bullying.

CLICK TO TWEET “Bullying is for people with no imagination.” -Benjamin Brewster, (from the book app Dandelion) #bullying

When author Galvin Scott Davis’ son came home from school sharing that he was being bullied, Galvin having few answers decided to offer his son a solution by way of using his imagination and creativity. Lucky for us, we too have been let in to the world of his imagination to discover solutions to this difficult problem by providing solutions for the main character of the story.

Dandelion

Dandelion is a story about a little boy named Benjamin Brewster who is bullied each day at “The School for the Misguided.” One day, when all seems lost, a patch of magical Dandelions appear which allow him to conjure a new world from his imagination.

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Galvin Scott Davis along with the award-winning app developers at Protein have created something truly magical as they encourage kids to discuss bullying through their interaction with the Dandelion app.

 

I personally like the way the app is organized with some of the interactive features set as extras. Another nice component is the text is set in a variety of languages.

It is the author’s wish that Dandelion encourages parents and children to talk about bullying and to use imagination to solve this very difficult and precarious problem. This creative team has risen to the occasion  and have done so brilliantly. From within the app you can purchase the book, a wrist band, and dandelion decal. Dandelion is  iTunes BEST of pick for 2012. Once you’ve seen this ingenious app you’ll see why.

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Dandelion can be found on iTunes HERE.

And the print version HERE.

ANTI-CYBERBULLYING APP

Mobicip

Awarded the 2010 Parents’ Choice Silver Honors Award for top mobile app for kids, Mobicip includes a range of controls that are sure to help teachers, administrators, and parents. With three restriction levels, Mobicip blocks sites and apps depending on their age. For example, if your student is in middle school they wouldn’t be allowed to go onto chat sites and social networking apps. (Cost: the Basic option is Free)

My Mobile Watchdog

Created for parents monitoring their children, schools can use My Mobile Watchdog to get alerts on a teacher’s computer when there are questionable texts, photos, and videos being sent. With schools working alongside parents this particular app can help to prevent cyberbullying in schools and at home. (Cost: $14.95 per month for one student)

Something to Do:

Bullying has been a very real problem all over the globe. Following are some perspectives and activities to help you and your family investigate and create solutions which work for you and yours.

 Storytelling:

The story behind Dandelion allows and engages the imagination to allow readers to “live” the story.  Storytelling is an excellent teaching strategy because stories ignite kids’ interest, helping them to create vivid mental images and stories activate the thinking process. The storytelling process is also brought to light in Pacer.org’s tale of SpookyThe Pumpkin. 

Spooky is a square pumpkin living in a round pumpkin world. Through Spooky, Pace.org has created a wonderful system of stories, role-playing, and video to help young minds understand the effects of bullying.

 Empathy skills: Happy-Mad-Sad.

  • Encourage children to label their own feelings and tell each other how they feel about bullying.
  • Discuss how children who are bullied might feel.
  • Explain that despite differences between people, everyone experiences certain basic feelings.
  • Remind children how they felt in situations like those faced by others in distress.
  • Model empathy by talking about how you identify another’s distress and think of ways to help.

 

Encourage your kids to be creative by creating ” bullying art.”  Ask them to create masks depicting the different human emotions. This helps to  get them thinking about bullying and the emotions that go along with it.  Our friends over at No Time For Flash Cards has a great tutorial on making Emotions Masks from Paper Plates.

Emotions Mask Activity
Emotions Mask Activity

DLTK-Kids Also has some great printable facial expressions to help add color and flair to your mask. Those can be found HERE.

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Puppet Show!

Using your new emotions masks and other puppets from Pacer.org, your family or class can create a puppet show! Pacer also has a great script to print off and use for your show HERE. Bullying Puppet show

Create a Caring Chain

Crayola.com has a wonderful activity called The Caring Chain:

How do you stop bullying? These bright paper rings—looped into a chain—highlight kind and respectful ways to treat people. Even bullies want friends!

Crayloa Caring Chain

For extended details, directions, and supply list go HERE.

Sing a Little Louder: Be heard. Share. Talk About it. Be a Spokesperson

Hayley Reardon was a shy quite teenager who never aspired to be a musician. Then one day she picked up a guitar and started to play. And then she started to write.  One of her first songs? A song called She’s Falling.

Hayley Reardon, who is 5-foot-1 and has a warm round face and long brown hair, was moved to act after seeing the emotional wreckage bullying can cause up close. In the seventh grade, she watched a friend, a target of online attacks, struggle badly and leave school for a time. Reardon felt helpless. She wrote a song called “She’s Falling,” as a way to work through the experience. That’s when she hit upon a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization, PACER, and its National Bullying Prevention Center. Reardon says she’s received e-mails, messages, and tweets from youth around the world sharing tales of bullying — victims and aggressors both. One lonely Iowa girl wrote from a bathroom stall and became the inspiration for Reardon to finish the song “Tribe,” about belonging, which is on the new record.” -Boston Globe

To read more about this amazing 16-year old, go HERE.

What projects or activities have you found useful for talking to your kids about bullying?

Something To Do

Pacer.org’s Top 10 reasons to celebrate

The number one reason to celebrate? You can be a part of a cause that’s uniting a nation! Historically, bullying had been viewed as “a childhood rite of passage,” but National Bullying Prevention Month is now a nationwide call to action — providing schools, parents and students with the educational resources and support to better respond to bullying behavior.

View the top 10 list to learn ways you can get involved.

Show Your Support

Looking for a creative way to “re-home” your previously-loved children’s books? Consider creating a Book or Treat campaign in your neighborhood!

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