A Positive Alternative
To Traditional Anti-Bullying Programs
Children are born pure, innocent little beings with a lifetime of learning ahead of them.
To expand their understanding of the world around them and their sense of right versus wrong, they often naturally and quite unconsciously follow examples set by others, so it’s critical for them to have strong, positive role models during their most influential years.
Children from homes lacking good values often find it difficult to regulate their behaviour and might even find themselves being labeled a bully for simply emulating what they’re used to seeing. If they’ve never been taught, they won’t know any different but it’s reassuring to know that anti-social behaviour can be changed in a warm and nurturing environment that teaches them how to foster positive relationships.
Aside from parents who contribute significantly to building good character traits and morals, teachers and schools play a vital part in establishing solid foundations for happy, positive and successful futures.
Success in the classroom has been closely linked to emotional well-being, so values and social and emotional education should be a responsibility shared by both parents and schools.
The Ripple Kindness Project for Schools is an on-going, flexible, social and emotional curriculum for the whole school, with lessons that teach children about their emotions and provides opportunities to experience and share kindness.
We are great believers that changing undesirable behaviour is best achieved by fostering good traits and teaching children how they are expected to behave, rather than reinforcing negativity through anti-bullying talks or incursions.
As children learn about their own and other people’s emotions, they gain an appreciation of the benefits of kindness, and soon realize that a positive outlook improves their well-being, boosting self-esteem and their sense of belonging.
By helping direct a child’s outlook at an early age, we’re equipping them with the necessary tools to help resolve some of our most threatening social issues such as depression, low self-esteem, and bullying.
Fostering kindness on a daily basis builds an armour of goodness that encourages happy, well-rounded individual who care for others.
And as research suggests, children can modify and revise their existing behaviour and beliefs if they have evidence that contradicts their learned assumptions. Teaching kindness in schools is a major step towards changing cultures and creating happy, thriving and safe learning environments.
1Ripple Kindness Project is proud to have worked with The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, a national
charity protecting and caring for children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence.
They run various programs that prevent violence and advocate for children’s safety and wellbeing.
The Foundation’s Better Buddies Framework and Ripple have partnered to provide activities that introduce acts of kindness to buddy teams in primary school during National Buddy Day.