The DeBug system is a great way to teach kids how to handle problems. Instead of immediately choosing to tattle, it gives the students a system they can use if someone or something is bugging them. The DeBug steps are very simple.
Ignore the behavior of the person bothering you.
Move away from the area (if you can).
Talk friendly saying, “Please stop.”
Talk firmly saying, “Stop!”
Go to an adult for help.
The kids love it because it gives them a way to handle conflict, and this poster is a great visual reminder.
In some cases, my students have the desire to talk about what is bugging them. I hang the “lovely ladybug” printable somewhere in my room. The kids will walk over and tell the ladybug and then sit back down.
For those students who continuously complain of aches and pains, the lovely ladybug is a great listener. This seems to help students feel better.
I hope this works as well for you as it does for me!