Easing the Teasing at Day Care
Staff Workshop Presented by Judy S. Freedman, L.C.S.W.
An extended day care program is a very likely place for teasing to occur.
Kids are often tired or wound up after their day at school. Many children continue their unresolved peer difficulties from the school playground to
the day care arena.
The multi-ages of the children in a generally
unstructured day care setting creates opportunities for teasing and
bullying behaviors. Name-calling, ridicule, put-downs, and exclusion are
indeed detrimental to the victims and to the overall social and emotional
climate. Extended day care personnel can be extremely instrumental in
decreasing such negative, hurtful, and offensive behaviors. The Easing
the Teasing at Day Care workshop empowers staff with tools, tips, and
practical advice. The workshop addresses:
Teasing vs. Bullying
Mean Girls” – Relational Aggression
Cyberbullying and online social cruelties
Reactions to and effects of teasing
What are children teased about?
Who are the likely victims?
Easing the Teasing strategies
Bystanders – Strength in numbers
Tips for creating a safe and respectful setting
For information on how to bring Easing the Teasing to your camp, contact Judy Freedman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judy Freedman, a licensed clinical social worker, has appeared on NBC and other national and local media to comment on school violence. Her book, Easing the Teasing – Helping Your Child Cope with Name-Calling, Ridicule, and Verbal Bullying was published by Contemporary Books/McGraw-Hill in 2002.