Bullying is a serious issue. Children who are bullied may develop lifelong emotional scars and low self-esteem. As parents, we can help prevent bullying. One way to do so is by talking openly to our child about what bullying is and how it’s not acceptable.
If you’re unsure where to start or if your child feels reluctant to talk, I suggest checking out Daisy Chain together. It’s a book app, written by director Galvin Scott Davis, that aims to spread the message about anti-bullying.
Standing Up Against Bullying
In Daisy Chain, a little girl named Buttercup Bree finds a derelict playground. While trying to fix the slide using her daisy chains, however, she is confronted by a group of bullies.
In this interactive story, your task is to help Buttercup Bree navigate through pages of challenges and overcome her bullies. Among others, you’ll help her decorate the playground with daisy chains, win a game of tug of war against the bullies, and blow dandelions to explore Buttercup Bree’s imagination.
Daisy Chain is wonderfully narrated by Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet. She also provides the voiceover for the animated film version of the story, which you can watch below:
Parents Need to Know
Daisy Chain is the sequel to the anti-bullying children’s book Dandelion. It particularly focuses on cyber-bullying; in one scene, the bullies can be seen taking incriminating pictures of Buttercup Bree and posting them all over the forest.
If you’re interested in checking out Daisy Chain, do note that it contains no third-party advertising and no in-app purchases. Parents may access a link to the developer’s site after passing the verification lock.
Things I Like
Victims of bullying don’t always come forward with their problems, so it can be difficult for others to help them. But in Daisy Chain, they’re encouraged to tell somebody. Halfway through the story, the protagonist from Dandelion, Benjamin Brewster, appears to Buttercup Bree and says, “A problem halved is one that’s shared.”
The book also encourages readers to help others who are bullied. This act of kindness doesn’t have to be grand; it can be as simple as befriending them or listening to their concerns. If your child is the bully, you can use the story to show them that bullying is hurtful and not acceptable.
Visually, the book is fantastic. The illustrations are dark and minimalist, which may not seem childlike at first but they work wonderfully for this story. One thing you’ll notice is that the main character has no facial features, which allows children to slip into the role easily.
A feature I’d like to see in future updates is the ability to skip the games. Even though the games were alright, there were times when I wanted to focus on the story only. My current workaround is to access the next page using the page navigator, but a Read Only mode would be much welcomed.
Daisy Chain is a beautiful, interactive tale about anti-bullying. It especially touches on cyber-bullying, which is an increasing concern in our modern society. Narrated by actress Kate Winslet, this quirky tale also features simple challenges to keep readers engaged from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book for ages 6+.
App was purchased by us.