Redefine Cool with Cool Kind Kid
In both my son’s elementary school and my daughter’s preschool, anti-bullying campaigns are in full swing. It seems it is something that can just never be discussed enough. It’s a tough topic though because sometimes the kids just cannot fathom what is being discussed is a reality. There are so many different types of bullying and making sure everything is covered is stressful too!
In my own childhood, bullying was at school. Occasionally, it left school, but for the most part I knew it was a Monday to Friday 9a-3p affair. Our kids these days have 24 hour access to the internet where cyber bullying goes well beyond school grounds.
I am always looking for new ways to explain things to my children and I recently had the chance to work with Cool Kind Kid.
One aspect of bullying that is always a cohesive theme is that it is “cool” to be a bully. Cool Kind Kid is working to change that stigma and hopes kids will see that it is “cool” to be a kind, good friend.
“ As parents, educators, and the media, we have a responsibility to give our children the tools they need to learn that kind, caring, and respectful behavior is cool, and that bullying is the ultimate in uncool” – Barbara Gilmour, founder of Cool Kind Kid
The kids and I recently read the first book in the series: Tanner Wants to be COOL!™ – Social Skills Tips to Help Your Children, Grandchildren, or Students Redefine “Cool” by Barbara Gilmour. The book is illustrated by James J. Dunn, and contains original music by Steve Megaw. It was a very easy to read for my 7 year old who is learning to read and it kept the kids engaged and interested.
About Cool Kind Kid®
Cool Kind Kid® is proactive social skills and anti-bullying tools to help young children reject bullying. It supports current research advocating social skills, or social competence training as the missing link in bullying prevention. Our children are bombarded in school, their neighborhoods, and the media with the message that mean, rude, and disrespectful behaviors are cool, and that bullying is cool.As Cool Kind Kid® redefines “cool” for kids, the motivation for bullying is considerably weakened. Through award-winning music, fun characters and activities, kids are engaged as they learn life changing social skills. We have seen changed behavior as kids embrace the concept of being Cool Kind Kids.