WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
IT ALL STARTS AT HOME - TALK TO YOUR KIDS!
-Explain what it means to be a postitive influence in school and society.
-Teach them about standing up for one another and themselves.
-Encourage them to do random acts of kindness!
This month, at School of Rock Burbank, we have a poster up in our lobby that kids are able to sign. We are asking them how they feel about being kind to others and if they think that everyone deserves to be treated the same - with kindness. Luckily, all of our kids are STELLAR and totally awesome human beings because we're racking up the signatures.
If you're coming by the school, be sure to TAKE THE PLEDGE that you'll speak up, reach out and be a friend whenever I see bullying.
We're also wearing blue as often as possible this month to show support to the cause!
StopBullying.gov has some great advice for parents and students, it's a very helpful resource, check it out!
The following is from their website.
These are some main things kids can do to spread love + kindness-
• TREAT EVERYONE WITH RESPECT - NOBODY SHOULD BE MEAN TO OTHERS
• STOP AND THINK BEFORE YOU SAY OR DO SOMETHING THAT COULD HURT SOMEONE.
• IF YOU FEEL LIKE BEING MEAN TO SOMEONE, FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO DO. PLAY A GAME, WATCH TV, OR TALK TO A FRIEND.
• KEEP IN MIND THAT EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT. NOT BETTER OR WORSE. JUST DIFFERENT.
• IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE BULLIED SOMEONE IN THE PAST, APOLOGIZE. EVERYONE FEELS BETTER.
• ALWAYS THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU POST ONLINE. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT SOMEONE WILL FORWARD. DO NOT SHARE ANYTHING THAT COULD HURT OR EMBARRASS ANYONE.
• KEEP YOUR PARENTS IN THE LOOP. TELL THEM WHAT YOU’RE DOING ONLINE AND WHO YOU’RE DOING IT WITH. LET THEM FRIEND OR FOLLOW YOU. LISTEN TO WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY ABOUT WHAT IS AND ISN’T OKAY TO DO. THEY CARE ABOUT YOU AND WANT YOU TO BE SAFE.
• TALK TO AN ADULT YOU TRUST ABOUT ANY MESSAGES YOU GET OR THINGS YOU SEE ONLINE THAT MAKE YOU SAD OR SCARED. IF IT IS CYBERBULLYING, REPORT IT.
• STAND UP FOR OTHERS - WHEN YOU SEE BULLYING, THERE ARE SAFE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE IT STOP.
• BE KIND TO THE KID BEING BULLIED. SHOW THEM THAT YOU CARE BY TRYING TO INCLUDE THEM. SIT WITH THEM AT LUNCH OR ON THE BUS, TALK TO THEM AT SCHOOL, OR INVITE THEM TO DO SOMETHING. JUST HANGING OUT WITH THEM WILL HELP THEM KNOW THEY AREN’T ALONE.
• NOT SAYING ANYTHING COULD MAKE IT WORSE FOR EVERYONE. THE KID WHO IS BULLYING WILL THINK IT IS OK TO KEEP TREATING OTHERS THAT WAY.