Parents wake up!! Bullying and violence has doubled in the last four years. To help children stay safe in junior and senior high school, teachers say that bully prevention education ought to begin at age 4 before behavioral patterns are set.
To deal with this escalating safety issue, parents and teachers in Pre and K 3 schools need to get together and have a discussion about bullying.
Right now, young children are terribly confused.* Fathers give advice to “Push them back”, mothers say “Ignore it” and at school they say, “Tell the teacher.”
Dealing with bullying is frightening enough for children without getting conflicting advice from the important people in their lives. At the very least, 4-8 year olds are entitled to know the definition of bullying and* the right thing to do when they are a victim or bystander. Schools have their hands full these days so parents are going to have to take the initiative to get this discussion started.
To help, the We Do Listen Non Profit Foundation provides free bully protection guidelines, resources, lessons and posters @ www.wedolisten.com. For children, there is the free animated version of the best selling book Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Bullies *and the Be Brave Be Bold song.