Local author tackles playground bullying


Does your child know what to do when there’s a bully on the playground? Many children do not. Some run away from the situation or stay silently in the background. No one expects a small child to intervene in a potentially dangerous situation, but there is something they can do when they encounter bullying or a friend in trouble – “yell and tell.”



That’s the theme of "Trouble at the Playground," the newest children's book by Jean Davidson and her daughter, Lori Walker.

The cleverly illustrated book with animals personifying children shows what happens when Marco, Molly, and Sam see their friend, Ashley, pushed down and her basketball taken away. 

At first they don’t know what to do, but by yelling and telling the teacher, a lesson is learned. 


Davidson, a former school teacher conceived the idea of the book, as well as a corresponding teaching program, after her own four-year-old grandson, Ryder, died in a water accident.

The accident might have been prevented if only the other child on the scene had yelled for help. 

In her grief, Davidson learned of other families who experienced similar preventable tragedies.

Since then, she has been dedicated to teaching children how to react when they: “see it” (something that is dangerous); “feel it” (scared, not sure what to do); “yell it” (yell help to attract attention); “tell it” (tell the closest adult).



It is her vision that all young children learn how to be responsible and proactive if they perceive a dangerous situation.

“Always remember to remind your children that if they ‘yell and tell’ when they see someone in trouble, they are NOT tattletales. Your child could be a hero,” Davidson says.



Each book is $16.95 and proceeds are used to fund printing materials to teach the Yell and Tell program to children. “Trouble at the Playground” is the third book in the Yell & Tell Safety Series joining “Trouble at the Lake” and “Trouble at the Park.”



Any Yell and Tell book can be ordered at 414-771-9191 or by visiting http://www.yellandtell.com/yell-and-tell-books.



Jean Davidson is an internationally-known author and speaker. She is the granddaughter of Walter Davidson, one of the founders and first president of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Her father, Gordon Davidson, was the vice president of manufacturing. For many years, she and her husband, John, owned the largest Harley-Davidson dealership in Wisconsin.

She chose not to work at the company but to be a teacher of children with special needs. She is known as the Davidson family historian and has written numerous books on the family history.

Davidson now combines her Harley-Davidson book travels with spreading the Yell and Tell program. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, close to where it all began in her great grandfather’s shed.

For more information about Jean, go to www.jeandavidson.com and visit www.yellandtell.com to help save the lives of our children.



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