New book helps children learn the power of kindness

A unique digital animation aims to teach children about empathy and acceptance.

'Oat the Goat' is part of this year’s Bullying-Free NZ Week (14-18 May 2018). It’s an interactive digital book for children aged 4-7, highlighting the importance of being kind to one another.

Bullying is a learned behaviour, and tackling it is everyone’s job.

'Oat the Goat' encourages parents, whānau and teachers to use story time to talk with younger children about the choices they can make when they encounter bullying.

The digital story book is an initiative of the Ministry of Education, one of the 18 cross-sector organisations making up the Bullying Prevention Advisory Group (BPAG), which is committed to reducing bullying in New Zealand schools.

The book is also available in te reo Māori.

Bullying-Free NZ Week is an annual nationwide BPAG event and an opportunity for schools and their communities to raise awareness about bullying and its serious consequences.

The week ends with Pink Shirt Day, 18 May, when New Zealanders speak up, stand together to stop bullying, and celebrate diversity in schools, workplaces and communities.




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