My eldest just entered the school system this year, and I thought it would be appropriate to teach him the fine line that exists between teasing and taunting. I wanted him to understand that crossing that line could result in hurtful feelings. I also wanted to let him know how he should respond if he ever found himself the target of emotional bullying someday.
We borrowed the book “Just Kidding” from the library and it turned out to be a fantastic resource on that very topic.
Title: Just Kidding
Author: Trudy Ludwig (with a preface by Stan Davis, founder of www.stopbullyingnow.com)
Illustrated by: Adam Gustavson
“D.J., you may never know exactly why kids like Vince are mean to you. But I do think it has more to do with what’s going on with him than with you”
Age group: 5-10
What’s to love:
It’s an easy to follow story that describes the experience of a young boy who becomes the target of emotional bullying and how he eventually handles the situation.
You’re never “just kidding” when your words or actions towards others are embarrassing, hurtful or mean spirited-Trudy Ludwig
There’s a discussion and resource section at the back of the book to help children understand the difference between good natured teasing and taunting. As well, a checklist on “Teasing Dos and Don’ts” is provided as a gentle reminder.
Where to find it:
We borrowed a copy from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System.