These babies are tackling bullying at school (via BBC World Hacks)


These babies are tackling bullying at school (via BBC World Hacks)



  1. Having grown up with three younger sisters in a house that loves babies and having been given baby dolls myself at a young age to “care for” and having had the opportunity to care for various different pets over the years… Yeah. I would say this works. I will be graduating as a nurse at the end of this year.

  2. We have had the roots of empathy program in our schools for well over a decade here in BC Canada. My son was in kindergarten first I heard of it. He will be 18 this year. It did not stop him from being bullied and our 12 year old is constantly on bully alert. From my personal experience this does not works. They need to try a different tactic.

  3. I don’t think babies should be tackling anyone. Their necks aren’t fully developed. That’s besides the fact that they are at a huge size disadvantage unless the bully were also to be a baby. . .

    I am not a doctor but I don’t think that’s a good idea. 😒

  4. We did that way back in 1970.Our class teacher had 42 of us P7 kids enthralled with the company of her son every Afternoon when his nursery placement was finished for the day. He became everyone’s little brother!

  5. Absolutely agree with miss Mary Gordon I guess,when she concludes,,,”if we have children that read well,commute well,but can’t relate well,we’ll have a failures sociaty”,,,

  6. We did a similar thing when I was in school (over 30 years ago). My elementary school was down the hill from our city children’s hospital. A few times a year, our class would walk up to the hospital and spend the afternoon with sick kids around our age (at the in-hospital school). It was very good for building empathy and gave us an inside look of what it’s like for someone with chronic illness or disability. We would never make fun of them. Just felt a sense of protection for ‘our’ kids in the hospital.

  7. Roots of Empathy. Peoples’ brains don’t fully develop until they’re in the mid-20’s and some never develop empathy because they never learned it hurts a baby to shake it to stop making it cry. Or animals can feel pain, too. This is wonderful.

  8. Some of the comments are so rude. I cannot believe some think fat people should be bullied.

    Weight gain is not about over-eating. Sometimes it’s a genetic condition that causes it. Sometimes, certain medication can cause weight gain. It is shocking that he has no feelings and jumps to conclusions that everyone who is fat eats a lot. There are a lot of people who eat a lot and are not fat and vice versa.

    Comments such as “everyone hates fat people” is a disgrace. Facebook should remove such comments. Wouldn’t these people love their kids if they had turned out fat?

    It was stated that “people with character don’t get bullied”. This is not true. Many get bullied for being popular or intelligent simply because these people are jealous because they receive more attention. Others are bullied as they are seen as “vulnerable” e.g. the disabled. Bullying is always wrong.

    And for those of you, like Austen, who think this is an “essay”, have clearly never written one, sadly. Fb is not ba pro-bully site. This is a social networking site to promote friendships.

  9. 30 years ago I, as a midwife, took my Godson aged 6 months, into his sisters school to ‘show and tell’. Why? Because she was the ONLY child in her Year with a sibling.

  10. “We’re teaching kids basic social skills that should already be reasonably developed by interacting with their peers, like identifying when you do something that makes someone mad and realizing it’s not a nice thing to do.” This is a cool project for some reasons, but the main reason of teaching empathy? If you haven’t learned how to empathize by fourth grade, there’s something wrong with you.

    Plus, that’s a really great way to get your baby sick.

  11. In the real world, these children would be taking care of younger children in their extended families and communities. In the real world, people of all ages would be learning and working together daily–outside of classrooms full of of same-aged children. Humans weren’t meant to be segregated by age as they are in classrooms. Anything a person can learn in a school building can be learned elsewhere–without lesson plans and tests. Empathy begins at home, and children exhibit it at a young age. What happens between infancy and age 10? Where does bullying take place besides online? Often it’s in school, and done by children who are abused or neglected.

  12. We did this 2 years ago with my youngest son. The whole experience was wonderful and the impact it had on the school children was amazing. More schools should adopt the programme!

  13. Honestly, I’m pretty sure the bullies at my kids’ school would just say horrible things about this baby right afterward, or use her as an insulting comparison to the kids they regularly pick on (one of whom is my eldest son, in 5th grade). 🙁 I’m not sure what kind of parents these kids have, but they’ve raised a group of hateful, insecure little punks.

  14. My daughter (a primary school teacher on mat leave) takes her daughter aged 3 months into her primary school once a month as part of this scheme. She did the same with her son when he was a baby. The children don’t touch the babies except their feet at the start of the session. To be present in one of these sessions is a privilege! Wonderful to watch the 6 and 7yr old children express wonderment and ask amazing questions. A fabulous scheme – should be in every school. All done on a voluntary basis too!

  15. We have the “Roots of Empathy” here on Bowen Island, in B.C., Canada. The children are only allowed to touch the babies feet. And parents volunteer, when my daughter was in Kindergarten there was a new baby who came for the whole year once a week. The kids love it!

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