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Tools for Talking to Kids About Bullying

Posted Oct 09 2012 1:44pm

Bullying is a reality our kids have to live with and be prepared to deal with. As much as I hope my boys will never encounter a bully, the truth is they probably will at some point (if they haven’t already).  I can’t always be there to protect them, but I can empower them to protect themselves and their friends.

Every day, 160,000 kids miss school for fear of being bullied.  We need more upstanders, more kids and more parents serving as a positive role model and stepping in to say NO to bullying.

In support of Anti-Bullying month, the boys and I had the opportunity to download and play a cool new app called Awesome Upstander , that was designed to encourage more kids (and parents) to take on this role. It’s a fun, non-intimidating way to start an important conversation that teaches kids the signs of bullying and tips for standing up for themselves and their friends – safely.

Bullying can be a difficult subject to address. But with the Awesome Upstander app and some conversation starting tools from their website I felt like it went really well with our boys. They seemed to grasp what bullying is and to really have empathy for how it might effect someone. Most important, they walked away from our conversation empowered to not only identify and report bullying, but to avoid doing things that might make another child feel isolated or excluded.

If you haven’t talked to your kids about bullying, I encourage you to download Awesome Upstander today and get the conversation started. For the month of October, the game is only 99 cents and  50% of game sales will be given to partner organizations like Truth Locker and Kind Campaign .

Have you talked to your child about bullying? Do you think an app can help fuel the conversation and create greater awareness among our kids?


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