Shifting our thinking to help break the cycle of bullying We all know bullying impacts the academic and emotional lives of our young people. We see it in our schools and hear about it in the news. If we know it’s a problem, why is it still happening? Often it’s because we fail to address the individuals at the heart of the problem–the kids who engage in the behavior. In Working With Kids Who Bully Walter Roberts challenges us to shift our thinking about these youth and offers innovative approaches to help kids pull back from and stop bullying. Readers will find  • Information on a range of topics impacting schools today, including cyberbullying, relational aggression, mediation, building empathy, and bibliomedia therapy  • Strategies and sample dialogue to use when intervening with kids who bully  • Diagrams and charts to clarify suggested approaches Written by one of the nation’s foremost experts on bullying, this is a book designed to stimulate change and ultimately help create safer learning environments for all kids. “Lots of times we focus on helping the victims, but Walter Roberts addresses how to help parents of children who are bullying, as they need tips rather than ‘shaming.” Brigitte Tennis, Headmistress & Eighth Grade Teacher Stella Schola Middle School “The strengths of Working With Kids Who Bully are the vignettes posed, the reflection for analyzing the “bullying” situation, and the suggestions, almost specific guidance, for responding in a timely and “empathetic” manner.” Dana Salles Trevethan, Interim Superintendent Turlock Unified School District

The Law and Bullying Behaviors

The Law and Bullying Behaviors

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Now we enter the swamp. And it has lots of alligators.

One of the most frustrating aspects of attempts to address the issue of bullying is the legislative and judicial responses designed to solve the problem. The most cursory review of existing statutes, policies, and case law reveals a confusing array of proclamations, declarations, and proscribed solutions. There are two conclusions that might well be drawn from all of these efforts to stop bullying: Either there are many ways to solve the problem, or there are so many approaches floating around because we really have not yet figured out the most effective legal method to do so.

You would be right to pick either one, or ...

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