Back to school means back to bullies for many children. Learning how to cope and handle bullying sometimes means the difference between life and death. A new children’s book is out that addresses the issue of bullying: Bully Bean.
Thomas and Peter Weeks hope to help children learn how to successfully deal with bullying in their new children’s book. Bully Bean is a book about a small green bear, named Lima Bear. Lima Bear lives in Beandom, where there is a larger-than-life bully. The book can be purchased for $15.95 online.
The book walks through day-to-day life with little Lima Bear encountering the teasing and the bullying of Bully Bear time and time again. In fact, all of Beandom lives in fear of Bully Bear.
They even have a chant they say whenever Bully Bear shows up:
Oh, bad Bully Bean,
What makes you so mean?
Whenever you’re near,
We all run in fear.
The story continues with Lima Bear running in fear until one day, Bully Bear is in danger. Read the book with your children to find out what Lima Bear does and whether or not his behavior puts an end to the bullying.
The back of the book provides activities for parents and teachers to use with their children after reading the book. The activities help to reinforce the message of how to cope with bullies.
Click through the following list to learn five ways to deal with bullies.
Stay Confident: Bullies choose their victims when they think they have found someone who will cower to them. Foil a bully’s plan by staying confident. To stay confident, however, you have to first gain confidence. Often, they pick on a physical trait, personality or behavior. Don’t take a bully’s word to heart. Know who you are, and don’t be afraid of what makes you unique.
Friendships – Find and make friends, and then stick with each other. You don’t have to be the most popular kid in school, surrounded by classmates. Just one good friend who will stick up for you no matter what is more valuable than gold. If you don’t already have a solid circle of friends, start by talking to those around you. Not everyone is going to be a good match for a friend, but it never hurts to smile and be friendly to everyone because you just never know what friendships might develop.
Tell an Adult
Tell an Adult – Not every bully is physically violent, but all of them attempt to manipulate and control. The number one indication that someone is a bully is fear. They will make you afraid to tell others about the bully’s behavior. Find everything within you to fight this fear, because resisting your fear is how you begin to release the power to diminish any real threats. Don’t be intimidated! Tell an adult whom you trust. Tell your mom. Tell your dad. Tell the school principal, teacher, counselor or nurse. Tell your big brother or sister. Just tell someone you trust. Tell them how this bully makes you feel and what he or she has done to make you feel this way. If necessary, tell the police.
Don’t Walk Alone
Don’t Walk Alone – Bullies look for opportunities to pounce on a vulnerability. Never walk alone to and from school or around the neighborhood before or after school. Always walk with a friend or sibling.
Not all bullies look the same – Don’t be fooled. Bullying is about behavior, not about size. You may think that a bully is just a big mean kid who can pick you up with one hand tied behind his back to beat you up. This simply isn’t always the case. Some bullies look nice, maybe they even smile or laugh, while cutting your confidence to shreds with mean words they spread about you through teasing, talking, texting or online social media sites like Twitter, Facebook or YouTube. Yes, even children under the age of 13 have access to these sites. Did you expect a bully to follow a rule about age limits and legal requirements?