October is National Bullying Prevention Month. For many of us, this calls to mind questions like “How do I spot signs of bullying?,” “What do I do if my child is feeling pressured by bullying behavior at school?,” and “How can I teach my children to advocate for themselves and for others?”
PBS Kids and PBS Kids for Parents have a variety of resources to help you strengthen children’s ability to empathize, empower them to be better “includers,” model kindness and respect, and if the situation calls for it – action plans for addressing bullying.
Play and Do
In this interactive story, Arthur teases Sue Ellen about her new sweater. Your child can follow along with the story and decide how the story should end.
Encourage your child to be kind by completing “Kind Acts Bingo!” Sharing toys, mailing someone a letter or helping your teacher are all wonderful ways to be kind.
In this interactive storybook, your child can read along with Daniel Tiger as he thinks about ways that he is different from his friends and ways that he is the same as his friends.
Show your child how kindness grows by creating a “Kindness Tree” to hang on the wall. This paper tree creates a visual reminder of the ways your child is kind every day.
Feeling left out is a common and painful experience for children. Help your child work through the disappointment of being excluded — and learn to include others — through imaginary play.
Listen, Talk and Learn
Is your child saying negative things about him or herself? Sometimes these things are throwaway lines, or fishing for reassurance, and may be harmless. But what experts call negative self-talk can also reflect an unhealthy tendency in kids to think the worst of themselves, and that can lead to — or be a sign of — something more serious.
How do you empower your child to be an “includer?” Follow these steps to teach your little one how to spread kindness and compassion and include others.
Learn three ways you can help young children practice sticking up for themselves and advocate for their needs.
Action plans for addressing bullying
The signs of bullying can be difficult to spot. Watch for these flags that could signal your child might be dealing with a bully — and learn what you can do to resolve the situation.
No parent wants to get a call from the school about bullying, especially when the one doing the bullying is your child. Here are several actions you can take to help your child take responsibility for their behavior.
Teachers, check out the Social and Emotional Development Collection on PBS LearningMedia for more SEL learning content for all ages, including lessons from PBS Kids shows like Daniel Tiger, Super Why!, Peg + Cat, and more. Resources focus on the value of sharing, kindness in the classroom, saying ‘I’m sorry,” and many more of life’s lessons.