rudolph anti bullying lesson
One of my children’s favorite movies is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It wasn’t until I was a grown adult though when I realized how poor Rudolph was a victim of bullying, even by jolly ole Santa himself. My children, obviously much smarter than I, picked up on this immediately. My son’s elementary school has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to bullying, so there is a big emphasis on educating the children on having respect for everyone. Sometimes though, I am at a loss for words on how to answer their questions and of course, I want to make sure to give the right answers.
While we watched Rudolph’s 50th Anniversary Special last week on December 9th, I used PACER.org’s ShineBright campaign as a guide to talk about bullying with my children ages 3 and 6.
Throughout the movie, we used the discussion and activity guide from PACER’s Shine Bright campaign.
How is Rudolph different from the other reindeer? He has a red nose
How do you think Rudolph felt when he was teased by the other reindeer? He felt sad.
How do you think Rudolph felt when he was excluded from the reindeer games? He was upset and mad.
How did Rudolph feel when he was accepted for his differences? He was glad for himself.
What are some things the other characters might have done to be nice to Rudolph? They should invite him to the reindeer games.
How does Rudolph shine bright? Because he is different with his red nose.
We really enjoyed talking about this as a family and then doing the Shine Bright craft. This is a great idea for guidance counselors to use year round in schools, in my opinion.
To find out more about PACER’s National Bullying Campaign see their website for discussion guides and activities.