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20 Innovative Ways Schools Are Combating Bullying
What I took away from the article was encouragment that a lot of different approaches by a lot of caring and concerned people are being implemented both “officially” and in a grass roots style across the country and around the world to address bullying. Ultimately bullying is not just a school phenomenon, it is a human phenomenon.
Bullying is really about conflict and power. It is a challenge that has always been with us and will always be with us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t address it and give our children tools for coping with conflict and dealing with difficult people.
Of Rosa’s 20 innovative ways schools are combating bullying my favorite ones are:
#9 Therapy – Glad I’m not the only one to recognize that kids who are acting like “bullies” have something going on that needs addressing. Just punishing them is not going to create a lot of change.
#16 Implementing Arts Programs – as a singer songwriter who uses the arts in his bulling prevention programs I’m in favor! Sometimes it seems like the transformational and healing power of the arts gets shoved aside in favor of some dry research based program because it’s not statistically friendly. I know the arts saved my life on numerous occasions when I was dealing with bullying in my own life.
#17 Assemblies – the post admits this may be a bit old fashioned but it still works. As someone who does a fair amount of assemblies I think there are some elements to this that if done right can have lasting impact. No assembly alone is going to solve the problem but I still remember a specific assembly in 6th grade that totally influenced my life for the better and is still a part of why I do what I do as an artist and therapist who speaks and does trainings in the bullying prevention field.
#19 Music – What can I say? I’ve been saying for years that when a positive song gets stuck in your head, it replaces the negative, toxic self talk and can significantly improve someone’s mood and emotional well being. That’s a real benefit.
On the whole I think this is an article worth reading and passing along.
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