Over the weekend, our church announced a campaign for our primary students to combat bullying. It was interesting listening to a group of 4-, 5-, and 6-year old children describe their encounters with bullies at their school. 4-, 5- and 6- years old is way to young to even understand the concept of bullying, yet these youth clearly identified bullies at their school and some of the mean things they witnessed children doing to other children. The adults in attendance encouraged the youth to STAND UP TO BULLIES and reminded them to ALWAYS do the right thing.
Bullying has been a topic on the PTA and school board calendars for months and I am glad our school district created a Task Force to find ways to reduce and hopefully eliminate bullying in our schools. I was proud to serve on the committee to develop the program and address parental concerns. It will be interesting to see how long before a noticeable decrease in the reporting of bullying events occurs. I'm hoping it will be soon as stories of children committing suicide due to being bullied at school continues to make the news from time to time.
We must do our part and stand up and teach our kids to stand up to bullies. StopBullying.gov offers guidance on what we can do to combat bullying:
- Treat Everyone with Respect
- What to Do If You’re Bullied
- Protect Yourself from Cyberbullying
- Stand Up for Others
- Get Involved
For more tips, visit www.stopbullying.gov
There are a bunch of fab reads about bullying which offer tips on deal with bullies. You Can't Sit with Us by Nancy Rue is one great read.
According to the Ambassadors 4 Kids Club, one out of every four students is bullied-and 85% of these situations never receive intervention. Parents, students, and teachers alike have amped up discussions on how to solve the bullying problem for a networked generation of kids.
Written by bestselling author, Nancy Rue, each book in the Mean Girl Makeover trilogy focuses on a different character's point of view: the bully, the victim, and the bystander. The books, based on Scripture, show solid biblical solutions to the bullying problem set in a story for tween girls.
You Can't Sit With Us tells the story of Ginger Hollingberry, a new sixth grader at Gold Country Middle School. Ginger has been the brunt of teasing and taunting from the queen bee of GCMS, Kylie Steppe, and her so-called Wolf Pack. Kylie and the Pack favor a new and especially hurtful medium of taunting: social networking. What follows is a candid look into the growing world of cruel cyberbullying, showing kids that bullying doesn't always end at school-it can now follow you even into your home and torture 24 hours a day.
Bullying has entered the 21st century and many kids are now bullied via social media. Rue does a great job telling the story from a tween's perspective. The characters are your stereotypical middle school girls. There's the new kids; the shy, studious one; the popular bully and the her followers. There's definitely a character your middle school-aged child or educators at your local middle school will recognize. If your tween daughter is being bullied she may find You Can't Sit with Us to be a pretty good read.
The book deals with a very sensitive subject in a very kind and delicate matter, which makes it age appropriate for the 9-12 age group. There are elements of taunts and teasing which may seem a little harsh but the reality is bullying is harsh and again, Rue deals with the subject in a delicate manner.
Overall, a decent read.
About the Author
Nancy Rue is the best-selling author of more than 100 books for teens, tweens, and adults, two of which have won Christy Awards. Nancy is also a popular speaker and radio guest due to her expertise in tween, teen, and young women's issues. She and her husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now share their Tennessee lake home with two yellow labs.
There are some other great books about bullying. Be sure to visit your local bookstore, check out Amazon.com or even ask your child's teacher for some recommendations.
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