Research suggests deaf children are more vulnerable to being bullied, for reasons that include not recognising when they are being bullied and that they don’t know how to tell someone. Storybooks are a non-threatening way to introduce the topic of bullying to children at home and in the classroom.
They can help children identify what bullying is and recognise when they or someone they know is being bullied. And stories can help children reflect and look at their own behaviour - are they are bullying someone else?
In Rabbit Cooks Up A Cunning Plan, Mountain Lion terrorises the rest of the animals and forces them to do things they don’t want to do.
Badger learns that help is there for him in Ant and the Big Bad Bully Goat, he just needs to ask the right person.
And Dingo Dog and the Billabong Storm tells children that no-one likes a bully and that by working together we can solve problems.
And see what advice these children have for Captain Kara when she’s bullied online in The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew.
“If we want children to gain an insight into how other people think and feel, books are one of the quickest and most effective tools we have. There’s something about a story that crosses boundaries, including the boundaries of language and culture, and helps us connect, wherever we may live and whatever principles we are guided by.” Seven Stories, the UK National Centre for Children’s Books
This year's Anti-Bullying Week theme is 'We're Better Without Bullying' - what are you doing this week to stamp out bullying? Order resources and get ideas for activities from the Anti-Bullying 2012 website.