Children know what it feels like to be bullied, but how do you explain what happens inside the person who is being bullied in terms a child can understand?
A friend and elementary school principal in a North Carolina posted this short lesson in Facebook for parents and teachers on bullying. I especially like the lesson because it can also apply to parent-on-child bullying with the same results. There is no source cited but I am sharing it because the lesson is easily understood by children – and parents.
A Lesson On Bullying
A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stamp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty is was. She then told them to tell it they’re sorry. Now even though they said they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it. That is what happens when a child bully’s another child, they may say they’re sorry but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home. Pass it on or better yet, if you’re a parent or a teacher, do it with your child/children.
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Jackie Saulmon Ramirez has served as a volunteer with Parents Anonymous® of New Jersey, Inc. for more than twenty years, giving and getting support. Find her at her contact page.