BOOK: I Can Stand Up to Bullies
(Part of The Safe Child, Happy Parent Series)
By Dagmar Geisler, Translated by Andy Jones Berasaluce
The perfect tool to teach children how to respond to bullies. I Can Stand Up to Bullies provides parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers the opportunity to speak with children about this important topic.
You can be angry for many different reasons—maybe a friend canceled a playdate with you, maybe it’s lightning when you’re supposed to be swimming, or maybe your dog destroyed your favorite toy. Maybe you’re upset that you’ve argued with a good friend, or maybe you're troubled when other kids are teasing or picking on you.
In I Can Stand Up to Bullies, children discuss the different things that make them upset and angry, specifically being the target of bullying from their peers. They clear up the confusion between arguing and bullying, determining that arguing means fighting caused by misunderstandings or conflicting opinions, while bullying is simply fighting to fight. A bully isn’t looking to solve a problem; they only wish to make others upset or angry—perhaps as upset or angry as they are feeling in that moment.
The children in this book teach each other important lessons they’ve learned through their own experiences with bullies, driving home the fact that bullying is never okay—but that it is always okay to find an adult if another child won’t leave them alone and is repetitively mean to them, no matter how embarrassed they may feel doing so.