5 Important Movies That Teach Kids About Bullying

by Isabel Thottam
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, which makes it the perfect time to not only teach your kid not to be a bully, but how to handle bullies themselves. And what better way to spend a cool fall night than cozying up on the couch with your kids and a family-friendly movie that just so happens to discuss the issue?
Schools and organizations start campaigning throughout October to raise bullying prevention awareness and promote anti-bullying campaigns. But it’s also important that you take the time to talk to your kids about bullying in your own home. The movies below, all of which carry positive messages for kids, can be the perfect conversation starter. 

Check out our compelling show X-Weighted Families, where families work together to lose weight — check out the touching clip below where one participant discusses facing bullying at school because of her weight.  Learn more about the show here.

5 Movies That Help Kids Understand (And Overcome) Bullying

Cyberbully, 2011
Starring Emily Osment from the Hannah Montana series, this film details the life of a teenager who becomes the target of online bullying from her fellow classmates. Her mother gets involved when she finds out that her daughter is being bullied through a popular social networking site and helps her learn to face her classmates.

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Bully, 2011
What does bullying looks like in real life? This documentary examines five eye-opening cases of peer-to-peer bullying at schools in Georgia, Iowa, Texas, Mississipp,i and Oklahoma during the 2009 - 2010 school year. Told through the perspective of the families whose children suffered these experiences, Bully provides an emotional, human element to the statistics. (Movie poster at right courtesy The Bully Project)

Billy Elliot, 2000
This comedy-drama tells the story of 11-year-old Billy Elliot, the son of a coal miner who unexpectedly falls in love with ballet dance. His father doesn’t approve of the idea of his son running around in ballet shoes and leotards, but learns to accept his son’s newfound dream and talent.
Chicken Little, 2005
A beloved Disney movie, the story follows a character attempting to overcome the obstacles and odds stacked against him to try to fit in among his peers. It’s a great movie to watch with kids, as it sends a positive message about overcoming tough situations and gaining confidence.

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The Fat Boy Chronicles, 2010
Inspired by a true story, this family-friendly movie details the life of overweight teenager Jimmy Winterpock. Jimmy transfers to a new school, only to have his new classmates bully him for his weight. Jimmy turns to journaling to help him overcome his struggles and live a healthier lifestyle.

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Tell us in the comments: How do you talk with your kids about bullying?


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