As the bullying epidemic across our country has worsened in the past few years, and the devastating effects of that epidemic have rocked our nation, the necessity for bullying education has never been more evident.
In both our after school programs, and children's class in the studio, we are now teaching our new BLOCK curriculum, a program meant to educate children about bullying, and give them techniques to effectively deal with bullying before confrontations become physical, or a child becomes psychologically traumatized.
Part of the reason the bullying epidemic has become so widespread is because children receive such mixed messages concerning how to deal with the problem. Many parents council the child to knock the bully down, while the consequences in school would often be as severe as would face the bully. Many teachers tell them to ignore the bully, while others still instruct children to tell a teacher.
The result of these mixed message is a child who is afraid to deal with the bully, and has no clear course of action, which leads to more of the fear which the bully feeds on.
The solution is to arm them with words and strategies that will not get them in trouble, will give them the confidence to confront the bully in a way which will not become physical, and then watch the bully walk away, empowering the former victim and restoring their confidence.