Bullying interventions in schools : six basic approaches by Ken Rigby

By Ken Rigby

Dealing successfully with the matter of bullying in faculties is now acknowledged as an important problem for educators of teenagers. profitable interventions to forestall, or perhaps lessen, bullying in colleges are tricky to accomplish; besides the fact that, the case for making improvements to the effectiveness of faculty interventions in circumstances of bullying is overwhelming. extra consciousness has to be paid to what may be performed in addressing genuine circumstances of  Read more...

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With young children, relatively mild forms of punishment – such as ‘time out’ – may be sufficient to deter them from continuing to bully, as well as providing them with an opportunity to ‘cool off’.

However, the imbalance may sometimes be difficult to detect. The bullied child may be physically stronger than the tormentor, verbally more skilled, more popular – yet desperately miserable and unable or unwilling to provide an adequate defence. At the same time, the child may be suppressing as far as possible any signs of distress so as to avoid revealing any embarrassing weakness. Such a child may need the teacher’s help. One can sometimes be too ready to identify as a case of bullying a conflict in which two people are engaged in a heated argument or quarrel and one is getting the worst of it.

3 This suggests that changes in rates of bullying are at least in part determined by social factors, especially the coming together of children who do not know each other and who struggle to achieve dominance. The nature of the bullying also tends to change according to age. Older chil- dren are less likely to engage in physical bullying and more likely to use verbal or indirect means, for example excluding people or using electronic means of communication such as text messages. Finally, boys are more likely to engage in 15 Bullying Interventions in Schools bullying than girls, at least in physical bullying.

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