Sticks and Stones: show your daughter how to deal with teasing and bullying

  • Age: 10-13 yrs
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Adolescence is a sensitive time for young girls. It’s a time when they are hyper sensitive about their appearance and also when teasing and bullying could start. Small comments can have a big impact, so help your daughter to feel confident about her changing body – and be more sensitive to the feelings of others – with the Sticks and Stones video and action checklist.

We know that growing up can be tough sometimes and that we can feel hurt and upset by other people’s comments. This is why we’ve developed Sticks and Stones, to help girls understand that what people say isn’t always what they mean and to help your daughter become more aware of how others may be feeling.

Body change can be a worry

When your girl’s body starts to develop into that of a young woman, it’s not only the physical changes she has to deal with; it’s the emotional ones too. Because every girl’s body develops at a different rate, most girls worry that they’re either developing too fast or too slow, making them incredibly self-conscious.

It’s easy to say something upsetting without meaning to

It’s natural for girls to compare themselves to their peers at this time, which is why they are often more sensitive to the comments made by others. It’s also easy for girls to slip into teasing which can come across as mean or nasty, sometimes without even realising they’re doing it. In many cases, this is just a way of covering up how they’re feeling themselves.

What people say isn’t always what they mean

None of us can read minds. Without knowing what’s going on in someone else’s head, a careless comment we make or a silly joke about the way someone looks can actually really hurt. Sometimes people don’t realise they are being a bully, and this activity shows how easy it is to say the wrong thing.

By sharing the Sticks and Stones video and discussing it together with your daughter, you can help her to understand the impact of her comments and the comments of others on body confidence and self-esteem. And she will feel better equipped to handle a situation where her own confidence may be at risk.

Action checklist:
Talking to your daughter

Show this video to your daughter or watch it together: how did it make her feel? What comments were made?

Share experiences with your daughter: did you have experiences like this when you were younger? Has anything similar ever happened with her and her friends? What might people in the group have really been thinking?

Talk to your daughter: discuss how things might have turned out differently in the video if they’d all had the courage to be more honest about their feelings.

Suggest she send the video to her friends: so they can all be a little more aware of the impact of their remarks on others. Ask her if they feel more able to stand up for someone when they are being teased about the way they look as a result.

What next: action steps to help

  • Share this video and action checklist with your daughter. It is designed to help her feel more confident dealing with teasing and bullying situations, and to think more about the impact of her own words on others.
  • Talk to your daughter about teasing and bullying: ask her if she’s ever been teased or even if she’s teased someone herself and discuss how they each made her feel.
  • Now get your daughter talking with her friends, helping them to be open with one another about how their words can make them feel and consider the impact of even the smallest comment.

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  • Lisa Lister

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