To the parents, students, teachers, bullying targets and bystanders, I ask you if this story applies to any of you? If it does, please change your thinking now. Please!
There were 500 students in a school. They all had similar names. Some of them were named Everybody. Some of them were named Somebody. Some were named Anybody and some were named Nobody.
When the students, teachers and parents found out that there was bullying going on in the school, Everybody was sure that Somebody would do something about it.
Anybody could have helped the situation but Nobody did.
Somebody got angry about the bullying going on because it was up to Everybody to do something to help the kids being bullied but Nobody did.
Everybody did absolutely nothing because they thought that Anybody could have helped to solve the problem.
Everybody thought that Anybody would help.
Nobody realized that Everybody would do nothing to help.
As it happened, Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done to stop the bullying.
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Kids worry about school starting because they may not know what to do or where to go. Whether they are popular or not they will still worry. Kids with special needs worry more because of the complexities that they must face. Whenever a new school year begins, all kids need to know what to expect.
There are a lot of things that parents can do so that their children will feel more confident. Since most schools offer the opportunity for parents and children to visit prior to the first day of school, the task should be an easy one. Hopefully your child’s school does have a plan in place so that it will be a simple process. When your child’s school doesn’t have a plan, you will have to make your own arrangements.
To illustrate, you can make a call and talk to someone at the school and relate your concerns. During the call, ask if your child can meet his or her teachers. Additionally, ask for a map of the school so that you and your child can get to know where things are. Remember that it is especially important for children to know where their classrooms, the cafeteria, locker and rest rooms are.
Finally, one of the best gifts that parents and teachers can do for a child is to find a buddy who knows where things are and one who will be willing to sit with the child at lunch. As we all know, it is demoralizing to have to sit alone. Even more, it offers bullies a good opportunity to make fun of a child.
These things may not seem important to you as an adult but please don’t dismiss their concerns. The issue becomes magnified when children are going to a new school or when they have special needs. In addition, kids worry about being bullied if they don’t know where they are going or what they need to do.
In addition, parents please talk to your children about helping out new kids. After that, talk to them about bullying and let them know that you will not tolerate it.
Specifically Kids Worry about Things Like:
· Will I know where to go for my classes?
· Will anyone sit with me at lunch?
· Will I be able to find my locker?
· Will I be able to open my locker?
· Will I be able to find the rest room when I need to?
· Will I get on the right bus?
· Will kids like me?
· Will I make new friends?
We would love to hear your suggestions as to help children prepare for the start of the new school year.