A new online story aims to help children learn the power of kindness, providing parents with a tool to help combat bullying. Oat the Goat or Oti te Nanekoti is a free interactive bilingual story aimed at children aged 4 to 7 years old. The story highlights the importance of being kind to one another.
“Bullying affects children’s health and wellbeing and contributes to poor education and life outcomes. Tackling it as early as possible is the most effective way to limit its damaging impacts.” Associated Education Minister, Tracey Martin.
Bullying-Free NZ Week
The Oat the Goat digital story is one of several bullying prevention initiatives aimed at children during Bullying-Free NZ Week. The Ministry of Education supports schools with resources via the bullyingfree.nz website and a Bullying-Free NZ School Toolkit, including a pack for parents, a guide for Boards of Trustees, training modules for staff, and a series of interactive classroom posters.
“This is another resource parents and teachers can use to talk to their children about bullying,” Tracey Martin says. “It’s cute and presented in an animated way which will appeal to children.”
Meet Oat the Goat
Cute may not be a term often associated with bullying but this story is more about kindness than hate. Beautifully illustrated and featuring native New Zealand scenery, quirky characters and familiar Kiwi-influenced wording, Oat the Goat can be read, listened to or watched. We highly recommend watching the first time, just to hear the narration by New Zealanders David Fane (Sione’s Wedding) and Piripi Taylor (Te Kāea present and the Māori voice of Māui in Moana). There’s even music by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Oat the Goat is a beautiful story that your children will want to hear and read over and over again – and with an important message behind it, you will enjoy reading along too.
Read Oat the Goat: www.oatthegoat.co.nz
Read Oti te Nanekoti: www.otitenanekoti.co.nz
For more information, visit Bullying-Free NZ.
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