|For Immediate Release:
Jan. 20, 2010
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NAEYC Radio presents…
Creating a safe emotional climate for children
(Washington, D.C.) - This month’s NAEYC Radio segment features Jean Schreiber, who discusses how teachers and parents can validate children’s emotions while preventing bullying behavior. Ms. Schreiber is an early childhood educational consultant who has developed and directed early childhood programs and parenting centers for more than two decades.
Rae Pica and Mark R. Ginsberg interviewed Ms. Schreiber in this month’s segment of NAEYC Radio, a program brought to you by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the BAM Radio Network.
In this segment, Ms. Schreiber says adult involvement is very important if a child is displaying bullying behavior at home or in a classroom community. The best way to combat this behavior is to teach children how to manage their emotions and to encourage children who are being bullied to speak up. When a child is feeling anger and is upset, Ms. Schreiber discourages adults from taking those emotions away from the child. She suggests saying things such as, “you’re feeling very angry and you’re mad because this happened…but this is not a good way to get your needs met.”
Ms. Schreiber also encourages teachers and parents to listen to children when they complain about being bullied, don’t interrupt them, and ask questions gently. “It is really important that the classroom environment, the emotional environment of the classroom…is a safe place where the children feel that all voices can be heard, that diversity is not only tolerated but celebrated, that teachers validate the emotions of the children,” Ms. Schreiber says.
Ms. Schreiber earned her M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education where she is an instructor in the Continuing Professional Studies Program.
Mark R. Ginsberg, Ph.D., is the executive director of NAEYC.
The BAM Radio Network was originally launched as a resource for parents, aimed at delivering the most reliable information on early childhood development and developmentally appropriate parenting to busy moms and dads. Created by leading early childhood experts, the programming quickly became a popular resource among teachers and educators and was expanded to include an Educators' Channel.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has nearly 90,000 members worldwide. The association is the largest and most influential voice for early childhood education professionals and the field of early childhood education in the United States.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.