You want to talk to your kids about bullying, but how do you open up the conversation? Watch one of these good family movies about bullying! There are many movies out there that deal with this topic and will help open up the conversation between you and your kids, whatever age they are. Bullying is not like it used to be when you were in school. These days technology plays a part and that brings it’s own special kind of damage. It is a serious subject that warrants a discussion so the lines of communication are open. Here are a few of my suggestions for good family movies about bullying broken down for older kids and younger kids.
Good Family Movies About Bullying
Bully: This documentary follows about 4 kids in school and on the bus who are bullied. It opens with a father talking about his son who committed suicide because he was bullied. One of the principals is even caught on camera simply telling the kids to get to class when he witnessed bullying. In my opinion, parents should get more involved in this topic when it comes to the schools. I think (and again, just my opinion) schools are afraid to get too involved sometimes.
The Fat Boy Chronicles: As if being overweight wasn’t enough, Jimmy Winterpock is a Freshman who is bullied, mostly by the football team. Of course there is a love interest in the story. He befriends a girl, who he learns is cutting herself. They soon start to go to church together. He starts to run with dad, wanting to lose weight. Still dealing with taunts because is 5’5” and 188 pounds, he starts to tutor the captain of the football team. How awkward that must be!
Cyber Bully: This originally aired on ABC Family starring Emily Osment. The creators of the film worked together with Seventeen magazine in hopes to ‘delete digital drama’. Technology can be great, but it also allows people to hide behind their screen and say things they wouldn’t normally say to someone’s face. Seventeen year old Taylor becomes of a victim of cyberbullying, and it often isn’t limited to the internet, what is said often spills over into the school. Like too many kids try to do, Taylor makes a suicide attempt, only she can’t get the bottle open on the pills she is using to do it. There is a happy ending, so just click play and watch.
Hercules: The son of Zeus, he is born with tremendous strength. Family drama unfolds, and it is revealed that in 18 years when the planets are in the right alignment, it will allow Hades (brother of Zeus) to locate and free the Titans (who have been imprisoned at the bottom of the ocean). Only Hercules has the power to stop him. Hades has him kidnapped and fed a formula that is meant to make him mortal, so he would lose the power to stop Hades. Only the 2 who kidnapped him neglected to take away his superhuman power before he is found and adopted by a farmer family. Now you have the background. When Hercules becomes a teenager and goes to school with all the other kids, he is made fun of and becomes an outcast because of his strength. And then begins the quest for where he came from.
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: A boy inventor, he accidently starts fire with one of his inventions and is sent to his room. He decides to sneak out and meet his friends at the park without his parents knowing. Meanwhile all the parents in town are being abducted by the Yolkians, an alien species from the planet Yolkus. Jimmy (with help from his friends) saves the town’s parents from being abducted and taken away. It shows how he rallied his friends and stood up to the alien bullies who took the parents away!
When it comes to discussing bullies with younger children, Disney movies are always a great place to go for good family movies about bullying. Almost every Disney movie has a villain (or bully) and it’s a nice open discussion for you and the kids! Because what kid doesn’t like Disney movies? The older kids are little more specific when it comes to movies that help open up the discussion for bully talk.