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Teaching the Difference Between Bullying and Good-Natured Fun

Posted on 03-11-2015 | Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Keller

We all know how mischievous children can be! With April Fools Day coming up, there are many opportunities for some good-natured jokes and pranks. We must be mindful however, that children are still developing sensitivity to the feelings of others and may not understand the difference between silly fun and bullying someone.

In an effort to help your child experience an April Fools Day filled with lots of laughter instead of hurt feelings, abide by the following simple guidelines:

1. Will the joke/prank hurt someone physically? – If the answer is ‘Yes,’ then the joke is an act of bullying. Nobody should be harmed during good-natured fun.

2. Know the person you are pranking and respect their personality traits. Take note of this distinction. If the person is usually the class clown who loves to make a room full of people laugh, then making the person a part of a joke where a lot of people will see, is likely to be well received. If the person is normally shy and does not like to be the center of attention, consider if the prank would be hurtful. If you believe it is harmless, then make sure the prank takes place where only a few trusted friends will join in on the laughter.

3. Be willing to apologize – If your prank goes sour and someone’s feelings really do get hurt, be sure you take the time to apologize. By apologizing, you acknowledge the other person’s feelings and have an opportunity to reassure them of your friendship!

At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, we love watching all of our students grow into responsible and kind members of their community. We always have a ton of fun while instilling lasting character traits that encourage respect and understanding for all people. If you would like more information about our program, we would love to hear from you! Contact us, today!

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