On the last Wednesday in February, Canadians from coast to coast wear pink shirts to take a stand against bullying. Though the focus of Pink Shirt Day is on school-aged children, it's important that we remember that we adults have a part to play in the stand against bullying. In order to play that part, we first need to know what we are up against.
The problem is that when it comes to resources for parents of younger children, a large portion of bullying awareness is geared toward caretakers of tweens and teenagers. And while some of the advice may apply, a lot of it doesn't transfer over. A kindergartener is an entirely different animal from a six-year-old, who is in turn very different from a tween. Younger children need your help articulating what’s going on with them.
A big part of what librarians do is connect people to the information they need. So on that note, we have gathered some resources you may find useful about the issue of bullying from the point of view of the parent of a younger child:
Prevnet.ca has an overview of what bullying and cyberbullying entail, the signs to look for, educational videos, and tip sheets. Their parent section has information of interest for caretakers of children in Pre-K all the way to adolescence. All their recommendations are research-based and reliable.
For parents of young children:
For parents with kids in Grade 1-4:
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By Alice Flecha (Volunteer Blogger)