One of my biggest fears has always been my son and bullies. When he first comes across a bully (and it is inevitable that he will) will he be ok? Will he stand up for himself? Will he feel bad about himself? Will he be able to tell me about it? I hope he will be able to tell me about it.
I came across this book in Barnes and Noble , Leave Me Alone: A tale of what happens when you stand up to a bully by Kes Gray and Lee Wildish. It touched me with its simple message. It reminded me that I can teach my son about bullies and what to do when confronted with one; however, more needs to be done! The community needs to be involved with bullying. Children need to be taught to stand up for one another. Teachers need to address this at an early age and not just on special occasions. How to treat each other and handle bullies should be apart of the every day curriculum. Yes, we want our children to learn reading, science, and math. We also want to teach then how to be empathetic, productive members of society.
The boy at the beginning of this story does not realize that he can ask for help and that people want to help!
“Leave me alone, ” I said.
“Sorry,” said the fly.
“I saw you looking miserable, And couldn’t pass you by.”
One by one his friends come to see what is wrong, but the boy still does not understand how they can help him.
There’s nothing you can do for me,
There’s nothing you can say.
Oh, no, the ground is shaking!
He’s heading right this way!
In the end all of the boy’s friends stand by his side and the bully walks away. How many bullies, in real life, would walk away if our children stood together?
It is a great book to read to your children, whether they are being bullied or not. It teaches them to help someone in need and that bullies are not as scary as they first appear.
- Thousands Take Stand Against Bullying (detroit.cbslocal.com)
- Are You Creating A Bully? (kidzedge.com)
- Stand Up to Bullying (imbiggerthanbullying.wordpress.com)
- Bullying As Entertainment (flattrackfink.wordpress.com)