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.
Synopsis: When 11-year-old Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) trades boxing school for ballet lessons, his father (Gary Lewis) — a hardworking miner from Northern England who despises the idea of his son running around in toe shoes — is less than pleased. But when the boy wins an audition for the Royal Ballet School, he experiences a change of heart. Stephen Daldry directs this Oscar-nominated drama that spawned a Tony-winning Broadway musical of the same name.
Lesson Learned: Don’t judge a book by its cover! And most importantly, allow children to follow their passions and their hearts, no matter where that might lead them to.
THE FATBOY CHRONICLES
Synopsis: Overweight teenager Jimmy Winterpock transfers to a new school, where he’s mercilessly bullied by classmates. After he starts keeping a journal that puts him in touch with his feelings, he resolves to lose weight and win the girl of his dreams.
Lesson Learned: Again, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. This movie teaches children to look from within someone’s heart before looking out.
Synopsis: Exploring the subject of school bullying from a personal angle, this eye-opening documentary tracks the stories of five different families whose children are struggling to defend themselves on a near-daily basis.
Lesson Learned: With the help of family and friends, we too can overcome the difficult obstacles that come with bullying at our schools.
Synopsis: The Avengers, Earth’s mightiest heroes, work to bust up nefarious plots set forth by villains such as Loki, Hydra, and the Red Skull. Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man, Iron Man, and the Wasp are ready to save the day.
Lesson Learned: It sometimes it really does take a village worth of superheroes to make something happen.
Synopsis: This sequel series finds the now-teenage Ben Tennyson hoping to locate his missing grandfather by using his Omnitrix device, which has been updated to give him access to a whole new variety of alien life forms.
Lesson Learned: Courage and determination definitely bring positive results. This is a great relative story about how kids can fight back the right way.
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.
Synopsis: In Disney’s animated take on Greek mythology, the heavenly Hercules is stripped of his immortality and raised on Earth instead of Olympus, where he’s forced to take on Hades and assorted monsters.
Lesson Learned: Never, ever give up.
Synopsis: When gooey green aliens kidnap all the adults in Retroville, it’s up to Jimmy Neutron to come up with a plan to rescue them. The 11-year-old genius and his pals blast off in homemade rocket ships on an intergalactic mission.
Lesson Learned: Never give up on your dreams and definitely dream big!
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.
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.
Synopsis: Vietnam War vet Stephen Simmons deals with an entirely different set of conflicts back home in Mississippi, where he copes with post-traumatic stress disorder and unemployment, and helps his son, Stuart, stand up to a group of bullies.
Lesson Learned: Not only can children learn how to lean on their parents when they need them the most, but parents can do the same, too.