The Manifesto of non-hostile communication for children
ten things that parents and teachers can
explain to even the youngest of children
What is it
The Manifesto of Non-Hostile Communication for children consists of 10 principles inspired by the original Manifesto and dedicated to young children (from 3 to 6 years of age). It is a useful tool for parents and teachers to explain to children, right from the start, how to correctly use digital tools, during the years where they start using mobile devices for the first time. Illustrated by Nicoletta Costa, creator of Giulio Coniglio, and written by Anna Sarfatti, it was edited by Franco Cosimo Panini Editore.
Virtual is real
The internet is not a game. Although a different place, it is real.
The internet is also made up of the good and the bad: you must be careful!!
You are what you communicate
You must be kind. There are people like ourselves behind the photos.
If you say unkind things, they will be sad, or regard you as bad.
Words shape the way i think
you must think before speaking: count up to 10!
This way you can find the correct words to say what you would like to say.
Listen before you speak
nobody is right all the time. Learning and listening is good
as you understand the thoughts of others and you make friends.
Words are bridges
some words can make you laugh and make you feel good,
just like a cuddle or embrace. Embracing using words is great
Words have consequences
horrible words scar and hurt. If you hurt someone using words,
they will no longer be your friend. The more nice words, the more friends!
Sharing is caring
the internet is like a forest: it is better to be accompanied by an adult.
You never tell strangers your name, age or address.
Ideas can be discussed.
People must be respected
sometimes we may not agree: it is normal. It is however not normal to say horrible words to a friend if they have a different opinion.
An insult is not an argument
offending someone is not fun. You make the other person sad and angry.
Now that you are grown up and are able to speak, there is no need to shout.
Silence says something too
sometimes it is right to say nothing. When you do not know what to say, say nothing!
You will find the right time to say the right thing
The book for children
The book includes 5 nursery rhymes which draw inspiration from the ten principles in the Manifesto of Non-Hostile Communication. There is also a section for teachers and parents so they can learn how to explain to children difficult topics such as Internet security and how to use the Internet responsibly.
An example: “The Internet is like a forest: it is better to be accompanied by an adult. You never tell strangers your name, age or address.”
“Parole appuntite, parole piumate” is an essential, fun tool to guide children around the world of the Internet in a secure way.
Only available in Italian.
Are you a teacher?
Use the Manifesto of Non-Hostile Communication for children and the book “Parole appuntite, parole piumate” to work with your students. We have created 3 educational worksheets with sources, key questions and activities.