Summer is over, the leaves are beginning to fall, and school is officially in session for much of the United States. Naturally, this makes me think about keeping children safe, packing nutritious lunches, and what exactly happens at school during the day. As a full-time educator, one of the common themes that I deal with is taking care of children in these turbulent times of growth while also trying to educate them. There’s a lot of guidance that happens in my role as Guidance Dean.
A lot of the time it has to do with differentiating bullying versus bothering. But, make no mistake, there is still a lot of bullying that happens and it’s a pretty big problem.
Bullying resources are, with the Internet, easier to come by but today there are a few videos I want to share that I’ve used to help guide me as I guide children.
We’re kicking off Bullying Prevention Month here at Little Pickle Press with a few of our favorite videos that have been shared by UpWorthy, a curated site, to combat the effects of bullying. Not only are they inspirational and educational, they just might be the video you need to share with someone who is hurting from being bullied. (Or maybe you just need some inspiration!)
Mariah learned that she had to look within herself to figure out why she bullied other people. This is a stunning video that shows the honesty it takes to understand your own terrible actions.
Bullies Called Him Pork Chop. He Took That Pain With Him And Then Cooked It Into This.
This one might be my all-time favorite. It’s a bit long at 7:36, but Shane Koyczan took the bullying he experienced and turned it into something creative and amazing. Hopefully, these words and images will help a child who has suffered much the same.
A Kid Stands Up To Literally Everyone In His Class
Do you know how hard it is to be vulnerable? Do you remember what it’s like to be in middle school? Just the combination of those two things are enough to make my palms sweat and it makes the raw honesty of this young boy all the more courageous.
You can watch another inspirational video from Kid President here on his dreams for the future.
If nothing else, remember the words of the amazing Kid President:
Don’t be a bully. Don’t even be a bully to bullies. That just makes more bullies.