Managing mean kids and playground politics

A free event to help parents support their children through playground friendship problems will take place in Brookvale on Tuesday 8 September.

How to Manage Mean Kids and Playground Politics will be presented by child psychologist, Robyn Fallshaw.

mean kidsAccording to Robyn, all children go through friendship con?icts and even the most popular of kids sometimes experience rejection.

“Having friends is very important for every child’s wellbeing,” she said, “But for some children, navigating the complicated landscape of playground politics can be confusing and difficult.”

Robyn says that problems in the playground are a common worry for parents, who become concerned when their child comes home with stories of being excluded from games or groups.

“Sometimes, friendship problems start when groups are dominated by one or two children to the exclusion of others,” Robyn says.

“Children may blame other kids for being mean, or even accuse them of bullying, when in actual fact there are other social and developmental factors involved.”

She says that the two hour evening seminar is designed to help parents identify their children’s friendship issues and find practical ways to help their sons and daughters make connections with other kids.

“Parents and teachers have an important role to play in teaching children the social skills they need to manage the politics of the playground.”

“At the seminar, I’ll explain the warning signs that parents should be on the lookout for when their 4 to 14 year olds are experiencing friendship issues.”

“I’ll also provide parents with ideas for what to say to their children and how to liaise in a positive way with teachers so that children get the social and emotional support they need to enjoy school.”


How to Manage Mean Kids and Playground Politics will be presented as part of Kids First Children’s Services free Community Service Seminar program on Tuesday 8 September.

The event commences at 7.30pm and will take place at the Chairman’s Lounge, Brookvale Oval in Alfred Street Brookvale.


Tickets are free, however bookings are essential.


For more information call Kids First Children’s Services on (02) 9938 5419.


To book online, visit http://kids-first.com.au/managing-mean-kids

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Author: Laurice Klaire

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