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How Stories Reach Kids and Facilitate Empathy

<a href="/articles/how-stories-reach-kids-and-facilitate-empathy">How Stories Reach Kids and Facilitate Empathy</a>

Families are a mix-master lot these days, with stepparents, grandparents, single mothers, blends of all sorts. Kids and families manage with fun and games, some wins, and some challenges. Relating to a story and being emotionally engaged with it can facilitate empathy, understanding, and open pathways to positive life choices. The I Am Jack stories permit readers to empathise with situations they may not have experienced; provide reassurance that other people experience the same problems; and open discussions with family. Read full article

Is An Emotional Intelligence Curriculum the Key to Bullying Prevention?

<a href="/articles/is-an-emotional-intelligence-curriculum-the-key-to-bullying-prevention">Is An Emotional Intelligence Curriculum the Key to Bullying Prevention?</a>

In school, emotions matter. Not only do children with anxiety and aggression have difficulty focussing and learning, they also tend to be victims or perpetrators of bullying. Whether it’s old-fashioned physical or verbal aggression, ostracism, or online abuse, bullying is deeply rooted in a lack of emotional intelligence skills. These skills can and should be taught, though they seldom are. Read full article

An Anti-Bullying App for Children from Australian Education Authorities

<a href="/articles/an-anti-bullying-app-for-children-from-australian-education-authorities">An Anti-Bullying App for Children from Australian Education Authorities</a>

The Allen Adventure iPad™ app is developed by the Safe and Supportive School Communities Working Group—made up of all Australian education authorities – to help children 3-8 years of age develop social and emotional skills. Described as fun and positive, it is designed as an interactive story about a young visitor from another planet who is new to school and is learning how to get on with his Earthling classmates. Through discussion with parents and educators, children can learn how to manage a variety of social situations, like making friends, getting on with others and dealing with difficult behaviours from other children. Read full article

Radical Action is Needed to Stop the Bullying

<a href="/blogs/2013/11/12/radical-action-is-needed-to-stop-the-bullying">Radical Action is Needed to Stop the Bullying</a>

My friend has a problem. A heart-breaking problem. After rebuilding her life following a tough marriage breakup, her daughter is now being bullied at school. Her beautiful, smart, gentle, wise and talented daughter. Bullied so badly my friend feels she has no choice but to move her to another school. Now this friend of mine is a tough cookie. She has a strong and principled mind – the type of mind that can take on and deal with the toughest of challenges. But sadly, not this challenge. She's told me she can't win this fight. Read full article

Grants Available for Programs to Prevent Bullying - Australia

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/07/26/grants-available-for-programs-to-prevent-bullying-australia">Grants Available for Programs to Prevent Bullying - Australia</a>

Youth Minister Kate Ellis has announced today that school bullying and cyber-bullying will be targeted in this year’s $500,000 Federal Government youth grants program. Offering grants of up to $70,000 under the Youth Development and Support Program for projects aimed at developing leadership skills and encouraging cyber-safety and anti-bullying behaviour in communities, this is a welcome initiative. Read full article

Bullying Prevention Starts at Home

<a href="/articles/bullying-prevention-starts-at-home">Bullying Prevention Starts at Home</a>

Supportive parent involvement together with warm and affectionate parenting, are part of the scaffolding required in children’s lives to reduce the chances of them becoming a bully, a victim or both. Last month, researchers at the University of Warwick and Kingston University published findings from a large-scale analysis of research on bullying and victimisation of children and produced more evidence of the importance of parenting programs to bolster children’s wellbeing. Read full article

Sticks and Stones do Hurt - To This Day Video

This video is poetry, art, music - a performance piece powerfully demonstrating the lasting effects of bullying on a child. Take the time ... think what actions you can take ... to reduce bullying, to support children, and to just be there for the kids that need you. Read full article

Sticks and Stones do Hurt - To This Day Video

This video is poetry, art, music - a peformance piece powerfully demonstrating the lasting effects of bullying on a child. Take the time ... think what actions you can take ... to reduce bullying, to support children, and to just be there for the kids that need you. Read full article

What Makes Teenagers Stand Up for Bullying Victims?

<a href="/articles/what-makes-teenagers-stand-up-for-bullying-victims">What Makes Teenagers Stand Up for Bullying Victims?</a>

To bully, 'bystand' or 'upstand'? This is the question that adolescents who witness bullying behaviour are processing at the time of an incident. New research from the Harvard Graduate School of Education discovers why teens at school don't always stand up for bullying victims, even though they want to. Read full article

You’re Only Ever as Happy as Your Unhappiest Child

<a href="/blogs/kylie-l/2013/02/11/you%E2%80%99re-only-ever-as-happy-as-your-unhappiest-child">You’re Only Ever as Happy as Your Unhappiest Child</a>

Last year, my twelve year old son went through a tough time at school. It happened in grade six, his final year at the tiny local primary he’d attended ever since he started prep… attended, that is, until we pulled him out in grade five, when our family decided to spend a year living in the north of Australia. Up until this time Declan had loved school, and was close to pretty much all the nine other boys in his year level, with whom he’d always shared a class...When we left everything was perfect, but when we returned everything had changed. Read full article