Stories about bullying are making the headlines on almost a daily basis these days, and sadly this problem isn’t going away anytime in the near future.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and our good friends over at Netflix have put together a list of TV shows and movie suggestions that can help parents have conversations about bullying with kids of all ages. The list is below, and all of these titles are available to Netflix subscribers.
Check out our slideshow and tell us, how do you talk to your kids about bullying and bullying prevention? Together, as parents, teachers, friends, and neighbors, we can definitely make a difference, and these films are a good way to open up the much-needed anti-bullying dialogue for our kids.
1. Hope Floats
Synopsis: When prom queen Birdie Calvert is forced to move back to her small town after her husband’s affair, her elementary school daughter, Bernice, becomes the victim of bullying as the new kid in school. As Birdie struggles to heal from her heartache and learn to love again, Bernice must work up the courage to face her school yard nemesis.
Lesson Learned: You’re never too small to stand up to bullying.
2. A Girl Like Her
Synopsis: Relentless torment from former BFF and high school queen bee has 16-year-old Jessica Berns contemplating suicide in this documentary-style film. With the help of a friend, the harassed teen documents her secret abuse and exposes the truth.
Lesson Learned: The effects of bullying impact families and communities of both the bully and the victim.
3. Audrie & Daisy
Synopsis: This documentary follows the true stories of two teenage girls victimized by sexually assault and online bullying. Each sobering tale examines the lasting impact of abuse on the victims, the abusers, their families, and communities.
Lesson Learned: Consent, bullying, and social media practices are matters of life and death.
4. 13 Reason Why
Synopsis: Through a series of recorded cassette tapes, high school junior Hannah Baker details the events and individuals that drove her to suicide.
Lesson Learned: Parents, school administration, classmates, and communities have a responsibility to provide resources and support for teens struggling with abuse and mental health issues.
Synopsis: In this Dutch drama, high schooler David tries to stand up to bullies harassing overweight classmate, Jochem, but his efforts aren’t enough to prevent tragedy.
Lesson Learned: We have a responsibility to stand up to bullying and protect those who are unable to protect themselves.
Synopsis: Teenager Taylor Hillridge finds herself a target of bullying by fellow students through a popular social website in this topical drama with a message. After the abuse makes Taylor afraid to face her classmates, her mother gets involved.
Lesson Learned: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all. And if you don’t have anything nice to see on the Internet, shut off the computer.
7. Chicken Little
Synopsis: Chicken Little unnecessarily panicked his community when he declared the sky was falling and becomes the laughingstock of his town.
Lesson Learned: Everybody makes mistakes. We need to treat each other with respect and understanding.
8. The Craft
Synopsis: When new student and troubled teen, Sarah Bailey, enrolls in Catholic school, she connects with a group of outsiders who practice witchcraft. Together, the fearsome foursome soon realize they have the ability to cast spells to get anything they want — including revenge.
Lesson Learned: Revenge comes at a price.
9. Justice League Unlimited
Synopsis: As humanity faces threats from all kinds of new and vile villains, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and dozens of other animated superheroes create a league from which they form small, specialized teams to combat each new menace.
Lesson Learned: There is definitely a hero in all of us.
10. Spy Kids
Synopsis: Former Spy Kids Carmen and Juni Cortez return as teenagers to help 10-year-old twin siblings Rebecca and Cecil Wilson save the world with their stepmother, a retired secret agent who’s been called back into service to stop a conniving smuggler.
Lesson Learned: The biggest superpowers you have are the ones you share with your family.