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A positive community spirit starts in day care

HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark joined the fun when The Mary Foundation and Save the Children Denmark today presented a new version of their anti-bullying programme, Free of Bullying, aimed at children from 0 to 3 years of age. Day care children from Vallensbæk in Greater Copenhagen also took part in marking the occasion.
When we help children learn how to be good friends from a very young age, we also help to prevent bullying in the long term.
 
This is why The Mary Foundation and Save the Children Denmark are expanding their joint anti-bullying programme, Free of Bullying, to include children from 0 to 3 years of age.
 
Babies and toddlers in childcare facilities learn through interacting with adults and are too young to consciously bully other children. The new version of Free of Bullying therefore focuses on equipping day care professionals and childminders to support children in developing their social skills and  help them learn how to be a good friend to others as they grow older.
 
Friendships among even very young children have a critical impact on their current and future well-being.
 
Children need good friends in order to thrive and to build good self-esteem and a positive self-image – regardless of age. How a child is treated by the adults and other children in the childcare facility has a critical impact on his or her well-being and interaction with other children – not only now but also in the future,” explains Secretary General at Save the Children Denmark Jonas Keiding Lindholm. 
 
We know that the patterns and ways of interacting that lead to bullying later in life are established in early childhood and developed further in school. Our work on Free of Bullying has clearly highlighted the value of focusing on relationships as soon as a child starts to interact with similar-aged children on a daily basis,” says Director of The Mary Foundation Helle Østergaard.
 
The Buddy Bear mascot and the principles from the “The person you touch, you don’t bully” massage programme, known from the Free of Bullying programme for older children, also feature in the material for babies and toddlers. But in this version, childcare professionals can also learn about the advantages of communicating using baby signs, how Free of Bullying ties in with the compulsory childcare curriculum and how digital media can be used in their work with very young children. Since attentive and compassionate adults represent the most important factor in the lives of very young children, the material places particular emphasis on the adults as role models.
 
Free of Bullying for children from 0 to 3 years of age has been developed on the back of nine years’ experience of using Free of Bullying in schools and preschools as well as input from childcare professionals in day care centres and childminding facilities. Child psychology specialist and lecturer at the Danish School of Education (DPU) at Aarhus University, Grethe Kragh-Müller, has contributed to the material as a professional consultant. 
 
Facts on early intervention
  • Research shows that bullying already starts in preschool (Kit Stender Petersen, Mobning i en børnehavesammenhæng (Bullying in the context of preschool), Roskilde University, 2015).
  • While few studies on bullying among preschool children have been conducted in Denmark, Norwegian studies show that 10–20% of all preschool children experience bullying at least once a week (Mai Brit Helgesen, Mobbing i barnehagen (Bullying in Kindergarten), Universitetsforlaget, 2014). 
  • Danish researchers agree that bullying can occur in all social situations where people are “forced” to spend time together (exbus.dk).
  • Norwegian studies indicate that friendships between two-year-old children are just as important to a child’s life as friendships between adults are for them (Anne Greve, Vennskap mellom små  barn i barnehagen. (Friendships among young children in preschool.), Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo, 2007).
  • A Danish study has shown that if children do not experience forming friendships before reaching school age, they risk not coping as well as and having more psychological problems than other children (Niels Bilenberg, The child behavior checklist (CBCL) and related material: Standardization and validation in Danish population based and clinically based samples, Munksgaard, 1999).
  • Because day care children are too young to consciously exclude other children, the focus among childcare professionals working with this age group should be on supporting their emotional and social development instead of talking to them about bullying (Grethe Kragh-Müller).
  • A new study by The Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA) shows that for young children learning is also about being a good friend (0-2-årige børns læring (learning among children from 0 to 2 years of age), eva.dk).
  • Learning among very young children has attracted increasing professional and political attention in recent years.
 
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mary_fonden I Mary Fonden arbejder vi for at styrke børns fællesskaber og trivsel som forebyggelse af mobning. Vores grundtese er, at det stærke og inkluderende fællesskab gør det svært for mobning at opstå. I 2007 lancerede vi sammen med @redbarnetdk @friformobberi, som er et pædagogisk antimobbeprogram målrettet arbejdet med børn mellem 0 og 9 år. Pædagogiske redskaber, den seneste viden om mobning og masser af sjove, fællesskabende aktiviteter for børn og voksne er samlet i en kuffert - og den har vi netop opdateret! Varianterne til børnehave og skole/SFO (der findes også en til vuggestuer/dagplejer) har været igennem en grundig revidering og videreudvikling. Læs mere ➡️ link i bio. Fri for Mobberi er målrettet børn mellem 0-9 år. Programmet blev lanceret i 2007 af Mary Fonden og Red Barnet på initiativ af H.K.H. Kronprinsessen. Fri for Mobberi er non-profit, og programmet er støttet af Ole Kirk’s Fond. Programmet er Danmarks første større forebyggende indsats mod mobning målrettet de yngste børn. #friformobberi #forebyggelseerbedst #alleharrettilathøretil #skolestart2018 #olekirksfond
mary_fonden Når Adam bliver holdt uden for legen, og Anna mobber de andre, er det noget, mange forældre gerne vil være med til at løse – også i situationer, hvor det ikke handler om deres eget barn. Det viser en ny undersøgelse, Analyse Denmark har foretaget for os og @redbarnetdk. Vi har spurgt forældre til børn i 0.-3. klasse, og 95 % mener, at de har et medansvar for den fælles trivsel i deres barns klasse. 90 % af forældrene siger også, at de i høj eller nogen grad ønsker vejledning fra deres barns lærer eller pædagog til, hvad de kan gøre, hvis en klassekammerat mistrives. Opløftende tal, som du kan dykke ned i via link i bio. #forebyggelseerbedst #friformobberi #alleharrettilathøretil
mary_fonden Nyd lyset, fællesskabet og muligheden for at sætte tempoet ned. Vi holder lukket i uge 29 & 30. God sommer! #alleharrettilathøretil
mary_fonden Hver uge får vi postkort tilsendt fra børn på krisecentre, der har fået vores rygsæk med legetøj og fornødenheder. Forleden fik vi dette fra en pige på seks år, der ønsker Kronprinsessen en god sommerferie. Vi ønsker det samme til hende - og alle de andre børn på de danske, grønlandske og færøske krisecentre! Hvert år uddeler Mary Fonden over 2.000 rygsække til børn, der kommer på krisecenter med deres mor i Danmark, Grønland og på Færøerne. Rygsækkene indeholder bl.a. tandbørste, bamse, dagbog og en hilsen fra Kronprinsessen. Udover at udfylde et basalt behov, er rygsækken også en symbolsk gestus over for børnene om, at de bliver set og hørt, og at vold aldrig er acceptabelt. #alleharrettiletlivudenvold #alleharrettilathøretil
mary_fonden Mobbefrie miljøer og stærke børnefællesskaber er grundlæggende for børns trivsel og positive udvikling, men hvad skal lærere og pædagoger egentligt vide og være opmærksomme på i arbejdet med forebyggelse og håndtering af mobning? Det kan de blive klogere på i antologien 'Mobning - Viden og værktøjer for fagfolk', som Mary Fonden og @redbarnetdk i samarbejde med @akademisk_forlag udgav i 2017. Bogen koster 125,- kr, men kan også hentes gratis som PDF på friformobberi.dk. #forebyggelseerbedst #alleharrettilathøretil #friformobberi