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Do happy children get bullied more?

happy childrenI enjoy watching happy children. Who doesn’t? There is nothing like spending time with children who are truly happy and show it.

Recently, I spent some time watching a group of children who seemed incredibly happy. I was actually fortunate enough to be able to work with these children. Even though their interactions were not all what we may consider perfect, overall the children were happy and contented.

As a contrast, a couple of weeks ago I did a workshop with a group of grade four children who were definitely not happy. They were constantly at each other. They said mean things to each other and their teacher frequently spoke up to ask them to act more respectfully. By the end of the workshop, they did seem a little more focused and a little more cooperative, but overall, I got the sense that these children were lacking a level of happiness I often see in children.

This got me thinking about the effect happiness has on children. Do you think happy children get bullied less? Do you think happy children get bullied more? Or do you think happiness makes no difference to the level of bullying? You may be a parent or a teacher. You may be a child care worker or a professional. Nevertheless, you probably have an opinion on the above questions.

Please leave me your thoughts in the comment area at the bottom. I will look forward to reading your opinions.

Bruce Langford is an anti-bullying advocate who offers seminars, workshops, assemblies and keynote talks about bullying and respect. www.standupnow.ca

Multi-media school assemblies on bullying and respect

How To Plan a Respect AssemblyAnti-bullying multi-media school assemblies are a way to create a buzz in your school about bullying prevention. Children want to go to school and feel safe. They want to believe they are cared about by the school and that teachers and principals will help them out if they need support. Through a school assembly, a strong message can be conveyed to children that school safety is a top priority.

Many children have fear that they will be picked on or bullied. The result is that students can be tense and worried during class and not learn as well as could be expected. Children must be relaxed and happy to perform at their optimum.

In order for children to feel safe and protected from bullying, teachers can play a major role.

S.A.F.E. is my acronym for the day.

4 Points for teachers:

S ee what’s going on – Keep an eye on the Continue reading

Student Survey Initiates Anti-Bullying Assemblies in YRDSB

Richmond Rose Public School was our destination yesterday as we set out to present three bullying prevention assemblies.

Principal, Mr. Rick Rosemin and Vice-Principal Ms. Heather Levitt have obviously worked hard to set the tone for their continuing anti-bullying initiative. They both appeared before the students in each of the three assemblies and talked about the importance of bullying prevention. They played a game with the students as part of identifying the difference between bullying situations and non-bullying situations. They made it clear to the students that respect comes first at Richmond Rose School.

The mission of Richmond Rose P.S. is “Learning and Growing Together”.  In 2005, students and staff created the Richmond Rose Touchstone to support everything we do. The following is the Richmond Rose Touchstone:

At Richmond Rose, we take responsibility for our work, words and actions.
We put in our best efforts, enjoy our successes, and learn from our mistakes.
We embrace each other’s differences and care for each other’s feelings.
We think before we speak and use words that are appropriate for school.
Our community is a safe community; a place where we treat people with kindness, respect and dignity
No one is afraid at our school.
At Richmond Rose, we are free to succeed!


Students were very engaged by the messages delivered in our assemblies. It was obvious that Mr. Rosemin and Ms. Levitt as well as the rest of the staff have made an impression on the students regarding acceptable behaviours and what constitutes bullying.

Students approached me after the junior and intermediate assemblies and asked questions how they could learn even more about bullying prevention and growing respect levels.

Children in the primary assembly were heard singing Bruce Langford’s bullying prevention theme song “Stand Up” as they played at recess.

Richmond Rose Public School sets a fine example of how schools can help students in a meaningful way to learn how to respect each other more.  We extend a sincere thanks to Mr. Rosemin and Ms. Levitt and all the staff and students for allowing us to be part of their student survey driven Anti-Bullying assemblies.

Stand Up Now Productions presents their ‘Stand Up Against Bullying’ Assemblies to students of all ages.

Toronto School Thrilled With Stand Up Now Anti-Bullying Assemblies

Cooperation – We work together for a common purpose. We work together to reach a common goal.

 This is the message on the gym door at Lescon PublicWe Work Together at Lescon School in North York. Principal Mario Perri obviously cares about bullying prevention, cooperation and respect. He was pleased with our programs so much so that he invited us back for another visit. Students told us that most bullying situations don’thappen at Lescon because students look out for each other and respect each other in a genuine way.

 Here is a bullying prevention tip we shared with students at Lescon Public School today:

Toronto School Bullying Initiative

Lescon Public School, North York

If you see bullying behaviour, act on it by reporting it, saying something, changing the subject or speaking up. This is a key way to ‘Stand Up Against Bullying’.  

Bullying Prevention School Assemblies at www.standupnow.ca