Bullying is a reality in classrooms around the world. Education in values is the key to ending this dangerous scourge, which endangers the self-esteem but also the integrity of our children. Have tools to teach children what to do in a case of bullying that they live in your college is essential. For this, Marisa Alonso has written a nice short poem in which it talks about some children who decide to report the case of violence to help a partner.
After the poetry, we leave you some exercises related to the subject, so that you can continue working on the matter and we propose some tips so that talk to your children about bullying be simpler.
The poem that we propose below is made up of 5 stanzas, each with 4 verses. May you enjoy it a lot and, above all, may it help a lot to all children who are living an experience related to bullying!
They call Pablo fat
every morning at school
they are very cruel children
Vicente, Carlos and I
we spoke with Don Ramón,
we don't want Pablito
put up with this situation.
'You have done the right thing
we will look for a solution,
you must be proud '
The next day at school
come to play with us
and your appetite returns.
Don Ramón winks at us
and has congratulated us,
like three good friends
with Pablito we have acted.
When we read this short poem with the children, we will be giving them guidelines on how they can act if they are experiencing the same situation (or a similar case) at school. But, in addition, we can use this poetry to work language and reading comprehension of the kids. Therefore, below we propose some activities that you can carry out from reading it.
1. Reading comprehension questions
The first thing to do is make sure that the children have paid attention and understood what the verses are talking about. To do this, below we propose some questions:
- What signs of violence did some children have with Pablo?
- What do the three friends in the poem decide to do?
- What does the teacher tell them?
- How does the poem end for Pablo?
2. Questions to think about and talk about bullying
With this poem, we can make children think about how we should react if we are victims, aggressor or witnesses of bullying. To lead this conversation, which should be calm and entertaining, we propose some questions.
- Was Pablo a victim of bullying? Why?
- Do you think the three friends did well talking to the teacher?
- Are they snitches?
- What would you have done in their situation?
- What else can you think of that you could have done to help Pablo?
- What would you have done if you were Pablo?
3. Define with your words ...
Finally, we propose an interesting exercise for children in which they must try to define in their own words some concepts that appear in the text. It's a very interesting exercise in logic and speaking that can lead to some really creative responses.
- Do the right thing
- Be proud
In the document for Bullying or Harassment published by Unicef, bullying is considered to be aggression to exercise power over another person, whether they are hostile, physical or verbal threats that are repeated over time and that anguish the victim. As a result, there is an imbalance between who exercises it and who suffers it.
Talking about bullying is not easy, since no father or mother wants our children to be involved, in any way, in this situation. That is precisely why we must talk to our children about bullying. And this will give them the keys to know how to act in case of witnessing or experiencing a case of bullying.
- Those who report are superheroes
There is an erroneous belief that those who report bullying that their peers suffer are treacherous or sneak. Nothing could be further from the truth! They are the absolute superheroes who help, as in this poem we have read, the comrades who are suffering. We must convey this message to our children so that they dare to report bullying situations that they see around them.
- Victim, aggressor and witness
Within bullying, there are different positions in which our children can find themselves. We must be aware that, although we don't even like it, our children can also be the ones who commit the aggressions. But no matter what our position is, parents have to remain with a clear mind and do an exercise in empathy to end the situation in the best way.
- Cyberbullying also exists
Especially if we are parents of older children or adolescents, who already have social networks or use the Internet more frequently, we must remember that there is also cyberbullying. This means that the humiliations and insults are also transferred to the virtual world.
- Teach children empathy
Values such as empathy, kindness, generosity or kindness are very important so that children do not normalize bullying situations.
- Create affective and effective communication at home
It is important to create a habit of active communication and dialogue at home so that children have the confidence to tell us when they are experiencing a difficult situation at school, either because they are victims or because they know someone who is.
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