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

Bystanders or Upstanders?

Bystanders or Upstanders?

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Bullying prevention is a total community effort. While it “takes a village to raise a child,” when it comes to bullying prevention and intervention, the peer group is also a major part of the solution. Adults have historically been asleep at the wheel in their responsibilities to address the issue. Let’s be blunt: Adults have been dragged into the solution equation because the courts have ruled that they have liabilities if they ignore the problem when in a supervisory capacity. But adults alone cannot, and should not, be the only ones solely responsible to respond to the problem. We cannot solve the problem of bullying without the contribution of the people most frequently impacted by it—the kids themselves!

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