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 10: Applying Elements of Restorative Justice Techniques With Those Who Engage in Bullying Behaviors
Applying Elements of Restorative Justice Techniques With Those Who Engage in Bullying Behaviors
[Page 103]Restorative justice is not new. However, it has been introduced to the vast majority of educators over the past decade due to its expanded use within schools as an alternative to mediation.
Riestenberg (2012) provides one of the most practical explanations of the need for restorative justice:
Restorative justice offers a paradigm shift in the way we think of crime or breaking rules. Its principles teach us to think not only about the offender but also about the victim; not only about the court but also about the community; not only about the law that was broken but also about ...