It can be tough to know how to talk to our children about the topic. We don't want to scare them, but at the same time we need to educate and empower them.
Don't know how to start the conversation? Let Netflix help. You might not think of Netflix as a resource when talking to your children about this tough topic. But in honor of National Bullying Prevention Month they have put together an amazing list of movies to help you start the bullying discussion with your children, regardless of their age.
Remember, kids learn in different ways, and in this new age, technology can be a powerful way to get the conversation started. Your children will be able to relate to the movies and it will give you a great foundation for starting difficult but important conversations.
For smaller children...show them that there is a hero in all of us.
2.Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
3.Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
4.Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
5.Justice League Unlimited
6.Ben 10: Alien Force
If you have older children...show them real and relevant stories about kids who fight back.
4.The Fat Boy Chronicles
Watch the movies together and start asking questions. Here are a few that can be applied to all the movies
How do you think he felt when that happened?
What would you do if you were in the same situation?
How could you have helped her?
Do any of those things ever happen to you at school?
Do you know what it means to be bullied?
Do you know what to do if you are ever bullied?
Choose movies and ask questions appropriate to your child's age and understanding.
It is also important that as parents we know the warning signs of bullying. As well as what we can do to help our children.
Warning Signs of Bullying
- Unexplained Injuries
- Lost or destroyed clothing, book, electronics, etc.
- Frequent headaches and/or stomach aches, faking illness and feeling sick
- Changes in eating habits, like skipping meals or eating a lot. (Kids coming home from school hungry might mean they didn't eat lunch)
- Trouble Sleeping
- Bad Dreams
- Poor grades
- Not wanting to go to school
- Loss of friends
- Disinterested in social situations
- Decreased self esteem
- Running away from home
- Harming themselves
- Talking about harming themselves
Read this past FamilyVolley post for more tips on what can be done to help our children.
Have your children ever been bullied?
What do you, or have you told your child about bullying?
I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team. All thoughts and opinions are my own.