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Being Kind Helps Prevent Bullying

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School climate describes the quality and character of school life and is an important factor in students' social and emotional experiences. A healthy school environment is safe, inclusive, respectful, and free from violence and bullying. One of the easiest ways to create a positive school climate is by being kind. School staff and teachers who model how to treat students with kindness and respect help prevent bullying.

Benefits of Kindness

Being kind can have many different benefits to both the giver and the receiver. These benefits include improved:

  • Relaciones
  • Social connection
  • Happiness
  • Energía
  • Mental health
  • Heart health
  • Life satisfaction
  • Overall wellbeing

Both performing acts of kindness and experiencing acts of kindness have been shown to decrease:

  • Stress
  • Ansiedad
  • Agresión
  • Depresión
  • Social disconnection

Encourage Students to Show Kindness at School

Performing three acts of kindness each week can improve students' overall wellbeing and their social-acceptance among peers, according to a study of 9-11 year olds in Vancouver, Canada. School-based activities, such as a "Kindness Challenge," can encourage students to be kinder to their peers.

Here are 7 ways students can show kindness to other kids:

  1. Show support for others' ideas, goals and activities
  2. Be optimistic and positive towards others
  3. Be outwardly happy (Smile!)
  4. Collaborate with students who are outside of their group
  5. Express empathy towards others by listening to them and reflecting back what they said
  6. Reach out to someone who is struggling or alone
  7. Step in to deflect or defend when someone is being bullied