How can I support a child dealing with bullying?

Why do people Bully?

There are a million reasons why people choose to bully. Usually, the bully is trying to fill a void where they need to feel superior in some sort of way. They often pick a victim they think is emotionally or physically weaker than them, or is different from the social norm and an easy target. Often children that bully are reflecting the way have been treated at home or school. 

We all have a role to play!

O6EWSI0.jpgBullying prevention starts at home, but teachers, principles, and organizations have a role to play too. If you notice your child acting out towards others or teachers are calling you about your child’s behavior, there are steps you can take to prevent your child from being a bully.

Make sure your child understands that what they do and say can impact others in a negatively and that their recent behavior is a problem.

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Let your child know that bullying is very serious and will not be tolerated. When talking to your child about bullying use a calm tone and be an example of respectful behavior. 

Talk to your child and see how their feeling. Try to find out why they may have been bullying in the first place. Were they trying to fit in at school? Are they picking up on emotions from home? Are they experiencing divorce? Do their siblings pick on them? 

 

There are 7 skills bullies need in order to change

 1. Responsibility-Being able to take responsibility for their actions.

2. Empathy-Understand how the other person may feel in that situation

3. Anger Management-Reduce episode of lashing out in a negative way

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4. Impulse Control -Stop and think about what they are about to do or say

5. Self-esteem – Finding happiness within themselves

6. Inclusive -Being able to realize popularity isn’t everything

7. Respect –Realize everyone deserves to be respected

This article from very well family goes more in-depth about these skills and how to achieve them.


 

How can I support a child dealing with bullying?

Both the bully and victim need support after an episode of bullying.

Victim

Have an open conversation about what happened. Ask them how you can help to make them feel safe.Sad pupil sitting alone on ground at corridor Remind them that it is not their fault and that people often bully because they are unhappy with themselves.

Get them involved in activities to boost their self-esteem. Sports, music or crafting activities will help them find a place they feel comfortable making friends and improving self-worth. Let them know they have people they can talk to, and they are not going through this alone.

Never! Tell the child to ignore the bullying. Blame the child for being bullied. Encourage fighting back. Always tell your child to seek a teacher or friend while being physically bullied. Fighting back could hurt the child and result in punishment for them. Contact the other parents involved, this is the teacher’s job and could create future problems.

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Talk it out! Where this is aggression coming from? Get them involved in activities to boost their self-esteem and socialize. People that are happy do not hurt others. Involve them in repairing the situation, have them write an apology. They will think more about their actions if they have to write it down.

If they broke or stole something, have them physically help fix what they broke or return what they took

Never! Blame the child or call them names. The child is clearly struggling with their own inner issues and that will only bring more negativity to the situation

 

 

 

7 Benefits of Playing with Puzzles

 

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Puzzles can be so much fun for children and adults, they come in all shapes and colors, with many different themes. It is no wonder children absolutely love playing with puzzles. Not only do they provide hours of entertainment they are also a valuable source for educational development.

1. Sharpen Cognitive Skills 

Cognitive skills are the core skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention. When playing with puzzles a person needs to utilize these skills, practicing and sharpening them, all while having fun.

Playing with puzzles increases their visual spatial awareness and develops a deeper understanding of these themes and topics.

2. Develop Fine Motor Skills

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When children play with puzzles, they are required to pick up, grasp, pinch and move pieces around, sorting them into the correct places.

3. Hand-eye Coordination 

Along with developing fine motor skills puzzles are a great way to help in developing hand-eye coordination. Often puzzles require a lot of trial and error, requiring a child to move and manipulate the piece into place. This requires a lot of hand-eye coordination.

4. Problem Solving

What is the point of doing a puzzle? To complete it of course! Whether it be a 12 piece puzzle or thousands of pieces puzzles are all about trial and error.

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When children are playing with puzzles, they must think and develop strategies on how they will complete the puzzle. This process requires cognitive skills such as reasoning and problem-solving skills, developing solutions. These are life skills they will take with them to their adulthood.

5. Persistence & Patients 

Puzzles can take a lot of time, effort and concentration. With some puzzles being over a thousand pieces and very complicated, being able to push through and complete the puzzle teaches a child that with persistence and patients they can achieve any goal.

6. Social

Puzzles are a great way to bring people together. Working together to develop a strategy, and cooperating together to complete a puzzle helps to develop many social skills. Nothing brings people together more than completing a common goal.

7. Self Esteem

Nothing boost self-esteem and self-worth more than accomplishing a goal. For children having something tangle-able to look back and say “Hey I did that” provides such a great sense of pride and achievement within themselves.  Working around issues and overcoming challenges boost their self-confidence and self-esteem, preparing them for other challenges in life.

Puzzles are not only a great source of fun but provide so many educational benefits! Have fun puzzling! 

 

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5 Benefits of Listening to Music

Music Makes You Happier

Research proves that when you listen to music you like, your brain releases dopamine, a “feel-good” neurotransmitter. Valorie Salimpoor, a neuroscientist at McGill University, injected eight music-lovers with a radioactive substance that binds to dopamine receptors after they listened to their favorite music. A PET scan showed that large amounts of dopamine were released, which biologically caused the participants to feel emotions like happiness, excitement, and joy.

So the next time you need an emotional boost, listen to your favorite tunes for 15 minutes. That’s all it takes to get a natural high!

Reduces Depression

More than 350 million people suffer from depression around the world. A whopping 90% of them also experience insomnia. The sleep research above found that symptoms of depression decreased significantly in the group that listened to classical music before bedtime, but not in the other two groups. Another study by Hans Joachim Trappe in Germany also demonstrated that music can benefit patients with depressive symptoms, depending on the type of music. Meditative sounds and classical musiclifted people up, but techno and heavy metal brought people down even more.

The next time you feel low, put on some classical or meditative music to lift your spirits.

Better Nights Sleep

Over 30% of Americans suffer from insomnia. A study showed that students who listened to relaxing classical music for 45 minutes before turning in slept significantly better than students who listened to an audiobook or did nothing different from their normal routine. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try listening to a little Bach or Mozart before bedtime to catch some Zs.

Strengthens Learning and Memory

Researchers discovered that music can help you learn and recall information better, but it depends on how much you like the music and whether or not you’re a musician. Subjects memorized Japanese characters while listening to music that either seemed positive or neutral to them. The results showed that participants who were musicians learned better with neutral music but tested better when pleasurable music was playing. Non-musicians, on the other hand, learned better with positive music but tested better with neutral music.

Memorize these results. You now have a strategy to study more effectively for your next test.

Reduces Pain, Promotes Healing & Relaxes the Body

Research at Drexel University in Philadelphia found that music therapy and pre-recorded music reduced pain more than standard treatments in cancer patients. Other research showed that music can decrease pain in intensive care patients and geriatric care patients, but the selection needed to be either classical pieces, meditative music, or songs of the patient’s choosing.

Bob Marely was right about this one – listen to music you love to take your pain away.

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Music and Musical Instruments for Children is an Interactive, AR-enabled Fun Learning App for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners, letting your Children understand the Music, learn about and Play with Musical Instruments, and experience the musical sounds of Nature.

Music for Children goes through the 5W’s of music: 

What is Music?
Who makes Music?
Where can we find Music?
When do you listen to Music?
Why is Music essential?

From listening to birds chirping or playing with different instruments like piano, violin, drums, and guitar, experiencing the musical tunes from all around the world, a guessing game (based on music played by different instruments and produced by nature), a DJ table (for composing the music), and some fun questions to portray the importance of Music in one’s life are some of the features which your Child could experience within this app.

KEY FEATURES: 

-Augmented reality instruments with sound effects
– Interactive games
– 20+ English words to learn
-Ad-free, no in-app purchases
-Real life-based visuals

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W5Go! Imagine Song

What? Why? When? Where? Who? Five very important words that begin with W!

 

W5Go’s theme song Go Imagine teaches children the importance of asking the W5 and pushing furthering and asking questions like What if? and Why not? to learn more about pushing the boundaries of our imagination, sparking creativity!

Who?

Who is W5Go for? W5Go apps, videos, and games were created for children 5-8 years old. Fun educational games that are meant to supplement your child’s traditional education.

What? 

W5Go is a collection of apps, games, and videos! You can find us on google play & app store as well as youtube. With over 60k in downloads and videos, we hope to keep producing free quality educational content available to everyone.

Most of our applications feature child-safe augmented & virtual reality scenes

Where?

You can find us on google play, app store, and youtube.

When? 

All W5Go apps do not require wi-fi, do not have in-app ads or purchases. You can play them anywhere, anytime!

Why? 

It’s fun, free and educational! W5Go is part of a social edification project from QiiQ.  A social good project that aims in bringing quality education to children around the globe. We wish to gradually introduce children to simple augmented and virtual reality, making it easily accessible for children from all walks of life, no fancy expensive headset needed.

What if? 

What if I have an idea for a new w5go episode or suggestion on how we can improve W5Go? Easy! We love hearing feedback, feel free to comment below or send us an email info@w5go.com

 

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Mind & Body App for Children

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Mind and body is an episode within W5Go’s Healthy Bodies mobile app. The app is free to download, no in-app purchases, no ads and does not require wi-fi making it a perfect education app for road trips. 

Having a healthy body means taking care of your body inside and out! This episode covers the importance of Stretching, Aerobics, Strength & Mental Health. Learn how each topic helps the body stay healthy and strong. Join the W5Go kids in simple bodyweight exercises, learn body parts, play a sports memory game and more!  

Having a healthy mind is equally as important as having a strong body. We want to help break the stigma of Mental Health by introducing children to the basics of having a positive mind. We talk about feeling sad and what to do when you feel sad, with simple breathing exercises, how to help feelings, a song about bullying and a simple quiz. Upon completing this episode, a child will have a basic understanding of mental health and how to cope with situations.   

Key Features:

  • Simple body weight exercises for children to follow along
  • Fun animations, games, quizzes 
  • Breathing exercises 
  • Spelling and Pronunciation: On-screen text & voice over  
  • 20+ Fun Mind & Body Facts 

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9 Ways Learning Music Benefits A Child

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato

Learning music at a young age can help to sharpen senses, spark creativity, encourage learning, ignite a passion for music and so much more! Here are just some of the many, many benefits of learning music from a young age.

Sparks Creativity

This is pretty obvious, creating music sparks creativity and imagination. The possibilities when creating a song are endless, with so many different instruments and sounds, how could you not be inspired. Encouraging children to embrace their creativity and imagination will allow them to grow with an open mind.  As an adult, a pure sense of imagination is a quality most of us most of us lose as we grow up.

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Memory

Research has shown that both listening to music and playing a musical instrument stimulate your brain and can increase your memory.

354918-PAPUIW-790Recent studies have shown that people who are musically trained have better working memory skills, helping them to remember things even while their minds are busy with other matters important aspects of mental arithmetic and reading comprehension. Learning music also requires significant levels of concentration, training children to focus their attention for sustained periods.

Confidence Booster 
Learning new skills, meeting new people and experiencing something new builds confidence. Picking up an instrument and being able to play is something to be proud of.

Sharpen Your Skills 

Listening Skills

Along with concentration and coordination skills, listening skills flourish when a child learns an instrument. When playing along with others, you need to really pay attention and listen to others playing as well.

Concentration Skills

Playing music requires a high amount of concentration, focusing on reading sheet music, rhythm, tempo, pitch, sound and so much more. Watching your timing, as well as listening to others, keeping up with their timing and tempo. It takes a lot of effort and skill to blend in with others as while as stand on your own.

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As a child, how many of us made bands with our friends? Learning an instrument opens many new conversations and communities for your child to join. Working together with groups on something creative can be empowering and so beneficial to a confidence and self-esteem.
Many people that join bands or orchestras become best friends, often becoming like family. Many lifelong relationships found their roots through musical activities.

Coordination Skills

All instruments take a lot of concentration and coordination to play. Depending on the instrument you choose a lot of hand-eye coordination may be necessary. Many instruments like piano and string instruments require you to use both hands promoting ambidexterity, where others such as percussions require coordination from hands, arms and feet.



Meditation & Relaxation

Music is a universal language, and everyone has their preferred genre, but one thing we can all agree upon is that music is a great source of relaxation. It has been scientifically proven to calm the autonomic nervous system, the endocrine and the psychological stress response.

Fun fact! These ten tracks are scientifically proven to be the most effective in reducing stress and anxiety.

1) Marconi Union – Weightless
2) Airstream – Electra
3) DJ Shah – Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)
4) Enya – Watermark
5) Coldplay – Strawberry Swing
6) Barcelona – Please Don’t Go
7) All Saints – Pure Shores
8) Adele – Someone Like You
9) Mozart – Canzonetta Sull’aria
10) Cafe Del Mar – We Can Fly

Perseverance

Learning an instrument takes time and effort, no one picked up a guitar and instantly knew how to play it. It takes commitment and many days of practice to become moderately good at an instrument. In fact, many professional musicians will practice a difficult piece of music multiple times before they can play it correctly.

We at W5Go believe music is such a vital part of learning and life, we’ve created an interactive app for children 4-12 about the Who, What, Where, When and Whys of Music!

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