In preschool, children encounter their
first experiences in forming and joining
social groups outside their family.
It is natural for them to try different
social interactions while learning about
their world. In this book, teasing and
bullying are addressed as a variety of
intentionally hurtful behavior, from
making fun of someone to repetitive
physical abuse. Creating a caring
environment at the beginning of school
reduces the need for children to assert
themselves through negative behavior
such as teasing and bullying. With
The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book teachers of young children can address
this behavior before it develops.
Special features of this book:
- Information on family-school
partnerships to engage families in the
development of a caring community and to
reinforce teachings about empathy and
- Techniques to teach children how to
think about and manage their feelings in
a safe and appropriate way.
- Tips for teaching children how to act
appropriately as a "bystander."
Children who stand by while a friend is
being teased and bullied may be uneasy
or even scared that they might be next.
They feel powerless and learn negative
ways to interact with others.
Teachers have the opportunity to work
with bystanders, helping them to develop
the confidence to stand up for a friend.
As a result, children will become more
able to stand up for themselves and not
tolerate teasing and bullying behavior.
Authors: Merle Sprung, Merle Froschl and Blythe Hinitz