For each of our Kidz360 Summer Camp we chose two themes to focus on each week – one fun theme and one theme that we hope will make the kids think.
This summer we wanted to get the kids thinking about bullying, what it means and how they can make sure bullying is not part of their lives.
What is bullying?
Times have changed and so has bullying. Bullying Canada lists the following as kinds of bullying to watch out for:
1) Verbal bullying – name-calling, sarcasm, teasing, spreading rumours, threatening, making negative references to one’s culture, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, unwanted sexual comments.
Some people think bullying is just part of growing up and a way for young people to learn to stick up for themselves. But bullying can have long-term physical and psychological consequences.
– Bullying Canada
We asked the kids at Camp to sit down and THINK when they were faced with negative situations:
H- is it helpful?
I- is it inspirational?
N- is it necessary?
K- is it kind?
What Can Parents Do?
As parents, we want to make sure we are giving our kids the tools they need to be strong, independent and to care about the world around them. Here are some ideas for helping your kids to stay away from bullying and being bullied:
1) Talk to your kids: Find out what your children know about bullying, how they see things and make them aware so they can recognize these negative situations when they come up
2) Be in the Know: Do your research! Times have changed and so has bullying. With new technology comes new forms of bullying and its important to be aware
3) Connect: How are other parents handling bullying? Is your child in a school with a negative culture? Connect with other parents and with your children s’ teachers to learn more about the culture your kids are living in day-to-day
4) Take a Pledge: Get your family together and take Take the Bullying.org and Family Channel Anti-bullying Pledge OR make your own! Getting kids to talk about what they believe in and having it in their own words can be a great way to learn more about your child. Post it on the fridge where everyone can see it!