I am extremely grateful and excited to be able to interview a hero of mine! His name is Izzy Kalman.
I was really relieved to find out about him in the last few years as I discovered that my approach to bullying prevention (which is really “Victim Prevention”) is not the one that most schools are choosing. What seems to be happening is that schools are adopting “anti-bullying” policies instead of “Bullying Prevention” or “Victim Prevention” practices.
Izzy is at the forefront of what is hopefully a growing movement of sanity: teaching kids how to stop being targets and victims. Teaching them nonviolent and very effective ways of handling teasing and name calling without having to be snitches or tattle tales or helpless and dependent on adults to solve all their conflicts.
I was starting to get that feeling that I was the only one who was seeing that bullies are not horrible people. They are just kids who are acting inappropriately. … Let me explain. As a former target of bullies for my entire life what finally made a difference and changed my experience of the world was not people finally learning to be kind and respectful of me. It was me learning how to stop being a target and a victim.
Izzy Kalman is a veteran school psychologist who is really speaking out about this. What will make our schools safer and bullies stop bullying isn’t criminalizing kids and making more and more laws. It’s teaching kids how to handle challenges in an empowered way.
Interview with Izzy Kalman, founder of www.Bullies2Buddies.com and outspoken critic of “Anti-Bullying” legislation that is actually making the bullying problem worse. See and hear what he has to say for yourself.
Interview with Izzy Kalman
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