ERIC Number: ED430059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Hurtful Words; Addressing Name Calling at School and Home.
Byrnes, Deborah A.
By understanding why children engage in name calling and responding thoughtfully to such events, parents and teachers can help both the name caller and the victim to grow in their abilities to understand themselves and others. In their own social interactions, children mirror the negative evaluations they have observed. Left unchecked, such beliefs and attitudes can become the foundation of life-long prejudices. Name calling doesn't have to be part of childhood. Children can learn that words do hurt. When a child has been hurt by someone else's language, it is important for the child not to internalize the negative messages he or she has received. The parent or teacher should assure the child that the name caller was wrong. If name calling or exclusion is a frequent problem in school, teachers can implement character-education lessons that help all the children in the class be more sensitive to and accepting of each other. Those who work with children must be sure that they model appropriate behavior and they don't ignore the use of bigoted language by other adults so that children can learn that they can help overcome racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry. (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Portions of this paper appeared in "TOP: Tips on Parenting," a publication of the Emma Eccles Jones Center for Early Childhood Education, Utah State University, Logan.