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Childhood Bullying – Stop it Before it Ever Begins… and Really Bad Things Happen

Jonathan Hinshaw - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

(3rd of a 6 Part Series)


By Rodney E Henderson

February 17, 2014

“1 in 4 teachers sees nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4% of the time. ”        

 -    www.bullyingstatistics.org

Respect, compassion and understanding - nice, wholesome words that have not penetrated   the consciousness of the average 3-7 year old. Sure, the lessons of respect your elders and authority figures is commonplace in this age group, but what about respecting their peers, or better yet, peers that are different in obvious way(s)? One does not need to be convinced that respect learned at this age for their peers would go a long way towards heading off their propensity to bully another at that age, or later in life. The challenge here is not the argument itself but rather, the ‘how to’? As noted in the prior article, the key to learning is repetition, and for me to suggest that you need to talk to your child on the lessons of respect, compassion and understanding on a daily basis is not only impractical, but would be hypocritical on my part – our schedules simply do not permit it on a consistent basis. But what if your child asked you to explain the lessons of respect, compassion and understanding with regard to their peers? The greatest battle has been won before it even started – to gain their attention!

Again, nice point, but where is the ‘how to’? No, you didn’t miss it. The ‘how to’ lies in the most important attribute of learning for the young mind second to repetition – it must be entertaining! The greatest lessons in the world fall on deaf ears if no one is listening, and this is true at home as well as in school. Now we are bringing the ‘how to’ down to a tangible level that can be practically implemented. By repeating the lessons of respect, compassion and understanding in a manner that entertains the young mind, you have not only captured their attention, but you now have them asking for more. Better yet, you will have them wanting to engage with you, where they will actually facilitate the conversation. At this point, the rest is up to you.

In a sense, we are looking to brand the lessons of respect, compassion and understanding in the same manner that any commercial product is branded. The attached infographic is certainly not designed for the 3-7 age group, but if the child associates the character figures displayed throughout the graphic with characters that they have gotten familiar with in other media targeted for them, conversation will inevitably ensue. It should be clear to the reader that this is a subject that I am passionate about, and part of the fallout of my passion was the development of a wholesome set of children’s media characters (Little Lamb Kidz) that disseminate the life lessons discussed herein. An entire curriculum is being developed for both the home and school environments to facilitate these lessons and while I would love for you to consider this as your primary source for this area of child development, many other exist – the real win here is for you to just take action and become part of the solution to the social disease of bullying.

Yours in early childhood development,

Rodney E Henderson

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