How Teaching Inclusivity Can Help Children

how teaching inclusivity can help children

In recent years, the importance of inclusivity has been showcased in our media via television, movies, and more. More people are realizing how important it is to include all types of people in all aspects of life.

We may not realize it, but inclusivity matters even in early childhood. Think of the trope in movies where a student is left out of games at recess, or has nowhere to sit at lunch. While movies often use fiction and fantasy to make themselves more entertaining, that’s one trope that is unfortunately true.

When a student is excluded by their peers, this is know as relational aggression (or social bullying). Many parents may not treat this form of bullying as seriously as it needs to be treated. It seems as if the solution is simple: just find someone else to talk to. Sadly, it doesn’t always work that way.

Social bullying is something that children can quickly internalize and start to blame themselves for. If the negative feelings from social bullying aren’t worked through, children could start to develop feelings of self-hatred and bitterness towards others, which could result in dangerous consequences.

So what can be done to prevent social bullying? In this blog post, we’ll be discussing how parents can help teach their children to include others and make everyone they meet feel welcome and loved

Promote individuality in kids and teens

Not only do you want to encourage your kids and teenagers to be an individual themselves, but you also want to encourage them to accept individuality in other people. When children recognize that everyone has their quirks and values, they’ll be more accepting of others and maybe even encourage other kids to be themselves.

Examine your own behavior

It’s common knowledge that kids learn from what they see around them. This is why it’s so important to make sure that you’re also behaving appropriately in front of them. Think about your own actions towards others in front of children. Are you setting a good example for them?

Encourage your kids to reach out to others and have a diverse group

When you’re young, it can be easy to be caught up in your one singular set of friends. Encourage your children to reach out to anyone who seems like they need support. Do they see a peer doing things alone often? Suggest to your kids that they should check in and see if an isolated person is okay.

Another good thing to encourage in your children is to befriend others who are different from them. When you have more diversity and differences in a group, it’s more likely for them to be accepting of others.

Teach your children boundaries

While including others is important, it’s also important that your children are maintaining healthy relationships with others. Make sure to teach them that it’s okay to let someone go if they’re toxic or making them feel uncomfortable. They should also know that someone else’s mean behavior does not mean they should reciprocate. Discourage jokes that may come off as “too far” or inappropriate. They should know about respecting others, but also making sure they’re respected themselves.

Communicate and empathize

Teaching your children about communication and empathy may be one of the biggest tips to take from. When children know how important it is to communicate, they will be more likely to speak up for themselves and others.

Kindness is infectious; one kind act can lead someone else to commit their own kind act.


We’re hoping that steps like these can help children become more empathetic, kind, and understanding towards others. Bullying has been around for a long time, and we’re hoping someday it can be almost entirely eliminated.

Do you have any advise on teaching children about inclusivity? How do you prevent social bullying with your family? We’d love to hear from you.

HIBster is helping Pennsylvania combat bullying

Pennsylvania state representative (D-Cambria) Frank Burns is serious about confronting bullying.

As part of a bold plan to reduce harassment, intimidation and bullying incidents, he’s tapped HIBster to help school districts address the issue.

Penn Cambria School District will serve as the first district to pilot HIBster under Burns’ redoubled efforts.

“Penn Cambria School District is honored to have this opportunity to partner with Representative Burns and HIBster to monitor, track and identify acts of bullying districtwide and make our Penn Cambria community safer for all students,” Penn Cambria Superintendent William Marshall said.

Burns’ aggressive approach includes the introduction of an Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights — which will more clearly define a bullying incident — as well as possible fines and community service for the parents of bullies.

Educational Development Software’s Director of Education Jim Budzilek sat down with WJAC news to discuss HIBster’s effectiveness in New Jersey and how it will translate to Pennsylvania. (Watch the video here)

“What is started off with, New Jersey has a law that all schools have to record incidents and bullying from administration all the way up to the school board,” Budzilek said. “That’s not yet in Pennsylvania. However, we believe with the success we’ve had with HIBster in New Jersey that we need to get this tool to schools in Pennsylvania.”

Budzilek said the program allows victims or witnesses of bullying to anonymously submit a report that will work its way through the school’s administration to the superintendent. “There was one school district, they had a 50 percent drop in two years of incidents of bullying,” Budzilek said.

HIBster will make it much easier to report — even anonymously — suspected instances of bullying. And once the incident is reported, the district is able to track, monitor and act on those reports in a much more coordinated way.

Marshall spoke highly of HIBster to the Altoona Mirror.

“We have five buildings. In the past, none of that discipline information carried over from year to year and from building to building. Now for example, when all fourth-graders move to the middle school, their discipline information carries over,” he said.

Marshall foresees the reports generated by the program will help eliminate the “he-said, she-said” that makes bullying murky.

“We can really identify students who are victims and actors and hotspots where bullying happens,” he said. “The tough thing with bullying is bullies are good at hiding it. But if we have a report showing a student is accused three times in semester, that is a good indication, and the student is aware that we are aware of it.”

Welcome to the Director of Education’s New Blog!

As promised, this blog is intended to share information about our products, provide insight to concerns our software users may have and to offer suggestions on school administrative issues.  With this blog, I am going to highlight our suite of models that can help schools in many areas and many ways!

Currently, we have three major software programs – all developed by leaders in the field of anti-bullying education and RTI (response to intervention).  Our programs are used in hundreds of schools throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and we are still growing!  Our growth is great, but we pride ourselves in helping districts handle HIB (harassment, intimidation and bullying) incidents and pre-referral and referral cases in a more effective, efficient manner.

Our programs are as follows:

HIBster

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This program allows schools to monitor and record any incidents of bullying or even act as recording system for code of conduct violations.  With easy to use tab features, an incident can be investigated thoroughly, record witness statements, generate parent reports and be handled in a proper “chain of command” way.  No incident can be overlooked or forgotten because there is an email reminder system that alerts school officials about any incident that needs handled.  With a mobile app and anonymous reporting tool, HIBster helps to keep schools proactive in their stance against these negative incidents.

HIBsterVention

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This program is experiencing tremendous growth with many districts.  HIBsterVention is a software that can handle any RTI case.  It has the ability to create a pre-referral plan for use by the classroom teacher with the use of hundreds of instructional and academic interventions.  Special education referral plans can also be developed as well as 504 and ELL plans.  We are in the process of developing a SAP component to HIBsterVention that should be ready by January 2017.

HIBster PD

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HIBster PD is a suite of on-line professional development videos that schools can use for individual teacher use or department level activities.  Each video covers different aspect of school operations such as affirmative action, suicide prevention, asthma, anti-bullying laws, etc.  Once the course is completed, the educator can take an assessment; if the educator scores 7 out of 10, a certificate of completion can be printed for the required professional development hours.

We are excited about these programs and have received great testimonials about our programs.  However, if you should have any suggestions for a program to help you, please don’t hesitate to contact me!


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