Helpful & Hurtful Words

It can be difficult for primary students to understand the impact that their words can have on others. They need practice and support to learn how their words can be helpful or hurtful.

James learns to consider the impact of his words on others in this video. Students are given five steps to consider:

1. THINK about your words.

2. DECIDE if they will make a friend feel good or bad.

3. LISTEN if your friend is talking.

4. ASK to do or talk about something else.

5. KEEP it to yourself if your words are not kind.


This lesson focuses on the damage that hurtful words cause.

It is hard to stay positive when someone has been unkind, but this video encourages students to be positive leaders.

Teachers can watch this video for a good object lesson to show students the impact of their words.

Kid President uses his humour and positive attitude to encourage us to use kind words every day.

Ouch Moments

by Genhart Michael

Hearing a mean or hurtful word hurts a lot. And when other kids say something mean or hurtful, it is hard to know what to do. Ouch Moments: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways explains these “ouch moments” in kid-friendly terms, offers practical strategies for what kids can do to help, and empowers kids to stand up to mean and hurtful language.


by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance. Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect—until her first day of school. “You’re named after a flower!” teases Victoria. “Let’s smell her,” says Jo. Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again?

Words and Your Heart

by Kate Jane Neal

The words we listen to can affect how we feel. Some words can do amazing things and make us happy. And some words can really hurt us (we all know what sort of words those are). Our words have power, and we can choose to use them to make the world a better place.