Hands down one of the hardest things about growing up is dealing with bullying at school.
Everyone experiences it in some shape or form, whether they are bullied themselves, see it happen to their peers – or are even the bullies themselves – no child is immune to the hurt and upset harsh words can cause. However, one of the biggest problems with bullying is that it's so hard to explain tangibly to children what kind of damage it can do psychologically. That is, until a teacher from Birmingham came up with this amazing trick using two apples – a trick that's so easy to do you can try it yourself at home.
Taking two identical apples to class one day, Rosie Dutton, a mindfulness teacher at Relax Kids Tamworth, got the children to describe and then pass around the apples, saying mean words to one apple and kind words to the other. Then she cut the apples open, revealing that the apple the children were unkind too was bruised on the inside, while the other appeared normal. Impressive, right? But how did she do it?
While you can read the full explanation of her experiment in Rosie's post above, the answer is pretty simple and amazingly effective. Before class Rosie lightly tapped one apply all over on the floor so that it bruised on the inside but didn't change on the outside. Then when she finally cut open the bullied apple it appeared bruised, Rosie demonstrated how bullying causes more damage than can be seen by the naked eye and that harsh words can creep under the skin, bruising people from within. Wow.
Bullying goes deep under the skin and it's very important that children understand this in order to stop bullying in schools. As Rosie says in her post, "Unlike an apple, we have the ability to stop this from happening. We can teach children that it’s not ok to say unkind things to each other and discuss how it makes others feel."
Thankfully you can easily replicate Rosie's impressive experiment yourself at home with two apples of your very own.
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