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
Chapter 6: Will This Stuff Work?
Will This Stuff Work?
[Page 73]The following strategies and tactics can work for you and others because they have worked in various settings for various situations. Related professionals and I have used these approaches in dealing with difficult clients who brought us issues both simple and complicated. Additionally, I have consulted with and interviewed many others who have used aspects of the strategies and techniques contained in this section of the book.
Will they work for your specific circumstances, in your setting, and with the individuals whose lives you attempt to improve by stopping them from engaging in bullying behaviors? Maybe. Each child is different. Each set of circumstances and motivations is different. Each set of skills and abilities of those ...