Words Can Hurt: It is No Name-Calling Week

use paper to teach kids about bullying

Have You Ever Cared for a Child that Was Bullied?

January 21-25, 2013 is No Name-Calling Week. If you care for a school aged child they are likely attending assemblies and having lessons planned around bullying and name-calling this week.

No Name-Calling Week was inspired by a young adult novel entitled The Misfitsby James Howe. In the book four misfit friends show us that the names we call each other shape our vision of ourselves, and the gang attempts to bring about a no name-calling day.

Here’s an easy way to teach the kids you care for about bullying at home:

1. Take a piece of paper and have the kids crumple it up, stamp on it, and really mess it up but do not rip it.

2. Then, have them unfold the paper, smooth it out, and look at how scarred and dirty it is.
Have the kids tell the paper they are sorry.

3. Now even though they said they are sorry and tried to fix the paper, point out to the kids all the scars that are left behind. Explains that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they try to fix it.. Explain this is what happens when a child bully’s another child. Kids may say they are sorry but the scars are there forever.

To learn more about No Name-Calling Week click here.

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