Let your child know that they can change the culture around them – bullying doesn’t have to be a part of life if we create an environment where it isn’t welcome. Standing up to bullying doesn’t always mean entering into conflict with the bully. Standing up to bullying can be simply making the playground a place where positivity is cooler than power or intimidation.
How can your child be a part of changing bullying culture where they are? Here are a few ways they can try –
Yelling out things that you like about a person who is being bullied
Bully: “Thomas is dumb”
Your child: “I believe that Thomas is average to above average in intelligence and the remarks that you just made are inaccurate”
Post encouraging comments online
Bully: types “Thomas is dumb"
Your child: changes profile picture to one of Thomas, “Thomas is a legend. In support of Thomas Appreciation Week let’s all do the Thomas Challenge and change our profile pictures to one of Thomas.”
Well, maybe not exactly that but you get what we’re saying.
Ask your child how they could use positivity to stand up to bullies. They’ll likely have some good ideas and some not-so-good ideas, which you can work through together.
Talking to your child about what to do if they see bullying is more than just a one time conversation, so keep talking. And when you see someone being discriminated against, laughed at or picked on, say something for the sake of leading by example. I don’t know about you, but I don’t just want my kids to make their way through the world bully-proof themselves, I want them to make it a better place to be for everyone.