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From Jeff Thompson's Enjoy Mediation Blog
A new book by an Australian expert on bullying in schools has set out six methods used by teachers to tackle this scourge of the playground.
Bullying Interventions in Schools: Six Basic Approaches by Dr Ken Rigby explores traditional and contemporary ways to prevent and intervene in cases of bullying in primary and secondary schools.
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Six approaches to bullying are listed by Dr. Ken Rigby:
1. Traditional Disciplinary Methods
This is the oldest form of dealing with bullying and the most popular of all approaches, Rigby says.
2. Strengthening the victim
This sets out to equip the victim with the skills to counter a bullying attack themselves.
Teachers or trained students take on the role of mediator
4. Restorative Justice
This method begins with the feelings of remorse the bully voluntarily expresses.
5. Support group
Formely known as the no-blame approach, the first step in this method is to hear from the victim and the ways in which bullying has affected them
6. Method of shared concern
Another non-blaming approach to bullying, this is the most comprehensive and complex method in the book, Rigby says.
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Jeff Thompson is a certified international mediator. He is also a law enforcement detective in New York. His law enforcement role include a being a communication and conflict specialist, interfaith dialogue, developing and implementing community engagement programs, and designing training workshops.
Jeff is currently a PhD candidate researching nonverbal communication and mediation at Griffith University Law School. He also received his MS in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from the Creighton University School of Law. Jeff has presented and trained on the topic of conflict, mediation, communication and nonverbal communication internationally and has been published and featured with numerous international media organizations. He currently writes also at PsychologyToday.com.
(All posts by Jeff Thompson represent his personal reflections and opinions as a mediator and not that of any organization.)
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