When you ask a soon-to-be Kindergartener what part of school they are most excited about, they often say riding the school bus!
Fast forward a couple of years and ask some moms what they dread the most about their child's school day. A frequent reply? The school bus. Sad but true. Parents are forever looking for ways to teach their kids to stand up to bullies.
With the mix of ages and little supervision, school bus rides can be playground for a bully. That's why I loved this article about a school that put a program in place to stop bullying on the school bus! The program empowered the kids to first come up with a set of rules for bus behavior. Then, bus buddies (4th and 5th grade volunteers) monitor the bus conduct and reward kids for good behavior -- rather than punish for bad behavior. The results are very impressive. So impressive that maybe you'd like to tell your school system about this idea.
Are your kids being bullied on the school bus? Have you talked to your school system about it? Does your school system do anything to curb bullying on your buses? We'd love to hear your stories.