Kid-to-Kid is all about kids helping each other. Each month, a school-related problem will appear in this space. Youngsters just like you can respond by sending in possible solutions. What’s fun is getting together or calling someone you know to discuss the suggestions. You may find that you’ll come up with more ideas for solving the problem.
You may also send in a possible problem for other kids to help solve. Just go to the email address at the end of this column and click. Enjoy!
Now, here’s the situation presented last month:
I saw a friend take something that doesn’t belong to him. Should I tell or keep quiet so he won’t get into trouble? I don’t want this friend to be mad at me.
Arianna, age 11
This month’s suggestions were submitted by students at Beachwood Elementary School. These children are third graders in Mrs. Ayers’ classroom. Thanks, students!
1. I would tell the kid to give it back because it is not his.
2. I would tell the teacher because the owner might be looking for what was stolen.
Ceara, age 8
You should ask the friend to give it back and if that doesn’t work, take some of his money and buy the same thing. Then you should give the item that was bought to him and take the stolen one to the person who it belongs to.
Konrr, age 8
You should ask the friend to give back the stolen stuff. If that doesn’t work, then you should wait for the teacher to catch her stealing another thing.
Thomas, age 8
At recess, you should have a talk with the friend about stealing. You could ask politely if you can give the item back. If that doesn’t work, you can ask the person who lost the item to talk to the friend about giving it back because it may be really important. It might be something from the family or one of her favorite little toys.
Sarah, age 8
TALKING IT OVER
Again, thanks to all who submitted suggestions for Arianna to try. If you have a solution to suggest, just go to the end of this column and click on the website address to submit it. Stealing is a serious issue and Arianna could always use extra ideas to solve this problem.
Now is a good time to talk to someone you know about the solutions presented. You might consider the following questions in your conversation.
1. Would you use any of the suggested solutions? Would you add steps to any of them?
2. Would you consider telling parents or a trusted adult?
3. Why should stealing not be ignored?
4. If the friend gets away with taking this item, what could this lead to?
6. If Arianna talks to the friend about stealing, what should she say?
7. What if the friend who stole gets mad at her? How can she handle that?
Readers, send your ideas in so they can appear in this newspaper. It’s fun to see your suggestions in print.
Now, let’s look at the concern for next month’s column. It’s from the fourth grade students at The Boys and Girls’ Club in Lakewood. This problem is one many of them have seen.
Some kids in my class don’t get along very well. What can I do about it?
Grade Four Students
SUBMIT YOUR SOLUTION
If you’d like to suggest an idea for the fourth graders to try, email c/o The Suburban Times at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you have a problem you’d like others to help solve, go to this same email address. Kids helping kids–it’s a super idea! See you next month.
Copyright 2007 Doris Hudson
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To read past columns:
– Being made fun of, or not performing well
– Having a friend cheat off your test
– Arguing with a friend
– Name calling