Here is why.
1. Kids are tired of being ushered into the auditorium for another Anti-Bullying speech. They have heard it over and over a million times.
2. Many traditional anti bullying programs focus on the negative, causing anxiety in children.
3. No one likes to be told what they are doing wrong. Kids included.
So what can we do so solve this problem that plagues our schools and social media sites? One word. One word can make all the difference. One word can be the anecdote to bullying.
There is even scientific evidence supporting this anecdote! Altruism and kindness have many physical, emotional, and mental health benefits. The good feelings experienced when being kind are produced by endorphins which activate areas of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust. Being kind has also been found to release Seratonin, which affects learning, memory, mood, sleep, health, and digestion. Many traditional anti-bullying programs focus on negative actions that cause anxiety in children. When kindness and compassion are taught instead, it fosters positive behaviors and the natural side effect is that bullying decreases.
Not only that but here are a number of reported benefits to teaching kindness in schools.
1.Happy caring children
2. Increased Peer Acceptance
3. Greater Sense of Belonging and Improved Self Esteem
4. Reduced Depression
5. LESS BULLYING!
Blaming and shaming is not the answer to bullying. It is not the answer to anything. Kids and teens need an alternative, and encouraging kindness is just that. We must address the negative climate in our schools, and change it.
which means changing the norms, values and expectations in a school so that students feel socially, emotionally, and physically safe.
More to come very very soon so consider this a Pre-Qual if you will! A little trailer as to what is to come. What do you think? Agree? Disagree? What ways can we change the climate in our schools, homes and communities to perpetuate the message and benefits of kindness? How can we all teach kindness?