30th December 2011, 00:34
Re: Heavy bullying, help needed please
What can be done about bullying?
Factsheets for Mentors (from one of my mentoring books)
Young people who are bullied can be supported by others in the following ways:
1. Coaching young people to develop responses to bullies that clearly communicate that bullying is not acceptable e.g. look the bully in the eye and say “I don’t like that and I want you to stop” and walk away. (kids helpline info sheet, 2004)
2. Teaching communication skills such as assertiveness, confident body language and self-talk. www.kidpower.org.
3. Supporting them in the action they take e.g. approaching a teacher, mentor, or similar. Intervention orders are also possible and are made by the children’s court against another child or children.
4. Listening to them talk about their experience and how it makes them feel and let them know that they are not alone, it is not their fault and something can be done. www.bullying.org
5. Talking to them about why bullies do what they do, the harm that it causes and how we all must take a stand against it if we are going to stop it.
6. Get the school involved in a bullying reduction program such as friendly Schools and families www.friendlyschools.com.au and stay aware of the latest research around bullying prevention www.bullying.org such as bystander intervention www.kenrigby.net where those witnessing the bullying can discourage it and have a good chance of actually stopping it.
I also have plenty of info on Cyber-bullying or go here www.cyberbullying.org
Hope some of this is helpful.
30th December 2011, 01:04