Did you know that October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness month?
Earlier this month Abby and I learned of a new app called Awesome Upstander!. If you have a child in the school system, whether public or private, then you know that bullying is a very real problem that affects a whole lot of children each day. Did you know how many?
If your child has ever been bullied, then you know how painful it can be for them and you. If your child is not the victim of bullying then they can be a part of the solution… they can be an Awesome Upstander, banding together with their friends to stand up for victims of bullying!
Awesome Upstander! reinforces the concept of respecting and protecting others, and who doesn’t want their children to have respect for others? Who would be upset with their child for standing up and protecting a child who is being bullied? Learning these skills during the elementary school years will lessen the severity and frequency of bullying during the middle school and high school years when it’s at it’s peak.
Awesome Upstander! empowers kids to take action against bullies by getting help from peers and adults. It teaches them to break the “code of slilence” that allows bullies to continue victimizing others because children have been conditioned not to tell.
Filled with challenges, levels, hidden objects, and sound effects (this mom opted to mute the belching noises), Awesome Upstander! engages kids just like other popular games while promoting social good! Abby loves playing Awesome Upstander! It’s a $.99 app for iPhone, iPad, and Android, and this month your money will be helping tp stop the bullying epidemic in this country. You can also play for free on their website!
As parents, what can we do to foster a sense of trust and communication with our children?
When talking to your kids about their day, be specific. Instead of asking “How was your day?” ask “Who did you play with, and what did you do the playground?” Your child’s explanation may lead to more details and anecdotes about their social life and about bullying.
Let kids play: Don’t over-schedule your child, especially if they are 5-12 years old. Kids need time for free play since this is how they work out their emotional issues. It is especially important to balance work and play during this crucial time when they are transitioning from the summer to school.
Reassure your child that he or she can talk to you. It’s important to teach children “to tell” when something happens that might be harmful. Often adults tell kids not to tattle tale, yet this may keep some children from reporting important information. Communicate with your child that telling on a bully is not tattling.
I know that you care about your children just as much as I care about mine. It breaks our hearts to see them scared and hurting, but it also makes our hearts swell to see them stick up for the hurting. Has you child ever been bullied?Have you seen them be a part of the solution? Help them learn how to be a part of the solution today!
You can find the Upstanding community here:
I was not paid to write this post nor did I receive the app for free. All opinions are my own.