Talking to Your Children About Bullying

 

“Before you act or say it pause and ask yourself… and then what?”

Everyone faces some form of bullying at some point in their lives. Even as adults we often face bullying in the workplace. The advice you give your child about bullying now will stay with them for the rest of their lives. It is so important to explain where bullying comes from, how to resolve it and how to prevent it from affecting you.

Bullies act out because of their own insecurities

A child is able to protect themselves from bullies simply by understanding why children are bullies. Most often bullies have been picked on themselves and are looking to feel superior to someone else. They want to make someone else feel weak and small to have a sense of accomplishment over them, they have lost their own sense of value, and are now trying to take it from you.

By helping your child understand what bullies are trying to do, they are able to mentally prepare themselves and not let the bully have any power over them mentally.

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Power in Numbers 

Stick together with your friends, there is strength in numbers and often bullies will be deterred by larger groups. Bullies target kids who they think are weak and vulnerable, preying on the insecurity that may come with feeling isolated and alone.

Help your child know their worth, so they never feel isolated, insecure and alone. Arrange play dates, get them socializing making friends, get involved with activities. Building positive self-image and confidence can help stop your child from becoming a victim of bullying.

Don’t Tolerate Bullying

Bullying is really immature, anyone trying to harm you mentally or physically is really not worth a second of your time. If someone is trying to bully you and you are unable to resolve the conflict on your own you can always reach out to a teacher or parent to help.

Bullies Have Feelings Too 

We all want to feel like we belong somewhere, that we mean something to someone. Everyone has feelings even bullies, and they often bully because they are upset themselves. This does not mean you tolerate bullying. Just the opposite.  Teaching our kids to feel sorry for kids who have lost their own way, their self-esteem, their values to the extent that the only way they can feel good is to try and make someone else feel bad, we teach our own kids how precious each of us truly is, and how desperate we are to be heard, understood, guided, and valued.

Let’s come together to help stop bullying!

 

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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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Personal Hygiene App for Kids

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Part of the W5Go Health Bodies seasons Personal Hygiene is an episode focused on explaining a healthy personal hygiene routine. 

This episode covers the basics of personal hygiene; bathing, hand-washing, toilet hygiene, and laundry. Often being able to do your own hygiene routine is the first bit of independence for a child. Showing by example and explaining the importance of a good personal hygiene routine can help a child develop a good personal hygiene routine of their own.

Screenshot_20181220-094051.pngThough-out this episode fun interactions with the W5Go characters will explain how each part of a healthy hygiene routine is important to maintaining a healthy body.

Key Features:

  • Spot the difference: Attention to detail 
  • 20+ Fun hygiene facts
  • Sequencing Games: Toothbrush, Toilet, Hand-washing and laundry

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30 Fun Riddles your Child will Love

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Answer:  Alley Cat

Apples_riddles

Answer:  You have Two Apples!

Baker_riddle

Answer: A “Flour” Garden

Candle_riddle

Answer: A Candle

 Clock_riddle2

Answer: A Clock

Clouds_riddles

Answer: Clouds

Cow_riddle

Answer: A Lawn Moo-er

Dog_paws_riddle

Answer: They press the paws button

Riddle_Book

Answer: The Dictionary

Rainbow_riddle

Answer: A Rainbow

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Answer:  Because you never see a rabbit wearing glasses

Octopus_riddle

Answer:  Ten-Tickles

Math_riddle

Answer: 888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1000

Maps_Riddle

Answer: A Map

Mailbox_riddle

Answer: Mailbox

Frog_Riddle

Answer: They eat whatever bugs them.

Fish_Joke

Answer: A  FSH

Elephant_ValentinesDay

Answer: I love you Tons

DucksRiddle

Answer: At the Quack of Dawn

Riddle_Cat

Answer: Kittens!

Riddle_Clock

Answer: A Clock!

Riddle_Cupcake

Answer: A Cupcake

Riddle_Egg

Answer: An Egg

SeeSaw_Riddle

Answer:  See-Saw

Spaceparty

Answer:  You Planet

T_Riddle

Answer: Teapot

Table_riddle

Answer: A Table

Tomorrow_riddle

Answer: Tomorrow

Towel_riddle

Answer: A Towel

Umbrellas_Riddle

Answer: Umbrella

 

Addition & Subtraction for Kids! Mobile App

A simple introduction to the world of math. This app focuses on teaching the fundamentals of mathematics, addition and subtraction.

In this educational app, explore many different scenarios we use basic math for, such as counting, adding, subtracting or dividing cupcakes at a birthday party. Count along and interact with the animations to learn all about the numbers 1 through 10.

Key Features:

-learn to count to ten
– Learn pronunciation with voice-overs
– 20+ English words to learn
-Ad-free, no in-app purchases
-Real life-based visuals

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In every episode of W5Go, we aim to aid achieve UN SDG (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) by providing free educational apps available for everyone, anywhere across all platforms, we strive for children to have access to Quality Education. We hope that providing children with access to quality education will lead to achieving many other UNSDG goals. When children are educated, the whole world achieves more. Knowledge is power!

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Should Students Still Be Taught Cursive Writing

In a world ruled by technology is there any room for traditional handwriting? A big debate right now is whether we should be focusing on keyboard skills over handwriting skills, specifically cursive. Yes, it is a dying art, but we have so many historical documents in cursive if we don’t teach the younger generation, will they lose the part of our language?

Handwriting is a complex skill which engages the cognitive, perceptual and motor skills simultaneously. It is no doubt handwriting plays a large role in the educational development of a child. But can it be replaced by the modern keyboard?

5 Reasons why Cursive Handwriting Should Stay

1. Handwriting makes us better writers and spellers and can help predict academic success.

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Handwriting aids in the development of fine motor skills. The hand uses muscles in a different way than when writing in print. Our hand become multilingual, when a child learns cursive, they learn the alphabet in a whole new light. When a child does not learn cursive, a language barrier is created in their native language.

Learning to handwrite is a key component in improving both reading and written composition. Often children are able to write much faster and neater in cursive opposed to print.

Learning to handwrite is a key component in improving both reading and written composition. When a child is taught using a keyboard and programs, spelling and grammar are often overlooked, as the program corrects it for them.

2. Writing things down boost memory

Taking notes by hand instead of typing them helps a person process what they are learning, they are able to phrase it in ways to help them better understand and remember.

Studies show college students remembered content better one week later if they had written it in cursive than when they printed or typed. 

It is also easier on the eyes to read and focus on literature when it is written on paper compared to on a screen.

3. Handwritten letters are more personal and meaningful

Dare to dream. Handwritten greeting card. Printable quote template. Calligraphic vector illustration. T-shirt print design.Cursive has a great ability to both being artistic and highly personal. Everyone creates their own personal spin through their handwriting.

By taking the time to personally write out a letter, instead of quickly typing it on a computer, it sends a message that what you are saying is important to you.

Cursive writing sparks creativity. Do you remember as a child looking at your parents signature in awe? Teaching your child this art gives them confidence in a new ability and gives them the tools to create their own signature they can be proud of. A great signature is something even adults swoon over.

4. Helps children focus

 

 

5. Improves confidence
Being able to read and write clearly improved the student’s confidence, enabling them to communicate with others in an effective manner. When a child is sure of themselves in their reading and writing it will translate to their schooling. Showing an overall academic improvement.

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The world is so emersed in technology, children will naturally learn how to type and use computer programs. Taking the time to teach a child the traditional way of writing would be beneficial in so many ways. This dying art should stay in our school systems.

Fun Fact!

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Some people that suffer from brain injuries that damage their ability to write to understanding print, but their ability to understand cursive remains. It is suggested the cursive can be used to help children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.