Bullying is an issue that is something we cannot turn our backs on. Sadly, unless you have been touched personally with bullying, it can be easy to not think about. To be honest, until we experienced it in our own family, it was not something we had on the forefront of our minds. If we heard about someone who was bullied, we would talk about what a shame it was that kids and adults alike still faced this. When our son and daughter both were bullied in school, it became very real. When Caitlin was in the 3rd grade, she was actually bullied by one of her own teachers. Suffice it to say we took the necessary steps for the teacher to be held accountable and withdrew her from that school. We found a great school and from then on, she has flourished. For Henry, we had an issue in the 3rd grade as well and it was due to his autism. One little boy in particular was relentless in his teasing Henry and after 9 (yes, I said 9) meetings with the principal, lots of tears, tummy aches and a bloody nose, we began homeschooling. When I was asked by Netflix, as a #StreamTeam mom, I was more than happy to talk about this subject.
Stop Bullying And Speak Up
I think one of the key issues with bullying and putting an end to it, it to open the dialogue. In order to stop bullying and speak up, we need to be informed. We found that when we researched the laws and school guidelines and how our children fit into them, it as easier for us to have our voices heard. Another very important key factor in the fight against bullying is to educate our children. We need to talk openly with them about what bullying is, why it should not be tolerated and how they can participate in stopping it. After the bullying against Henry began, he was keen to see it against others and was constantly speaking out. He would be fearless in his telling other kids to leave each other alone and to “play nice and be friends together”. One of the movies available on Netflix Caitlin and I watched together was “Billy Elliott”. This is a movie I have always loved and I thought it was a movie she could understand and relate to. Billy is teased and bullied by his peers as well as his family, especially his father. Once Caitlin saw how big a role ignorance played in the plot, she was more understanding of how Billy’s dad felt. We cheered at the end when Billy’s dad supported and encouraged Billy and his dancing.
For the younger kids, Netflix has a ton of options like Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, a personal favorite in our home. Another great choice are the cartoons like Ben 10, Hercules or the Avengers because in each, good prevails over evil every time. In total, you can find 11 movies and TV shows you can stream stream on Netflix to encourage a conversation with your kids, no matter their age. Here is a list of all the movies you can stream from Netflix Fot the tweens and teens in the family, you can see Bully, The War, Billy Elliott, The Fat Boy Chronicles or Cyber Bully. For the younger kids, you can see Hercules, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, Justice League Unlimited and Ben 10: Alien Force. If you are not familiar with streaming, it is super easy and very affordable. Movies and TV shows are instantly streamed (not downloaded) via a Netflix-ready device. You can get instant access to Netflix on devices, including TVs, tablets, mobile devices, game consoles and computers. With Netflix, you there is a kids section where the only titles you’ll have access to are pre-screened and appropriate for kids aged 2-12. To sign up for Netflix, just head over to their website, create an account, choose a plan and start watching!