A constructive approach to a serious subject
Episode Summary: What bullying looks like and the impact it has on children. Dr. Jane Bluestein talks with Naomi Drew about bullying words and actions, which could include teasing, making fun of someone, name calling, giving someone dirty looks or rolling eyes, excluding someone, or any physical event meant to purposely humiliate, shun, or hurt someone. Topics include the impact of the media and video games, the “commercial appeal” of sarcastic or nasty behavior kids routinely witness, often in the name of entertainment, and the variety of ways kids can harass or humiliate someone using cell phones or the Internet. They also discuss the need for adults to help kids connect their action to the impact on others, the importance of teaching compassion, the value of building “upstanders” (instead of bystanders) in a school community, how to physically respond assertively to meanness (dignity stance), and the value of an adult simply noticing and responding supportively to a child in distress. Right-click on this link to download a copy of this mp3 file to your hard drive, or click on the bar below to listen.
Program Notes: Click here for a PDF handout with a list of resources related to this topic as well as an abstract by Naomi Drew.
Naomi Drew is recognized around the world for her work in conflict resolution, peacemaking, and anti-bullying. She is the award-winning author of seven widely-used books, including the critically acclaimed, No Kidding About Bullying and Hope and Healing: Peaceful Parenting in an Uncertain World. Her landmark book, Learning the Skills of Peacemaking, was one of the first to introduce peacemaking into public education. Her work has been featured in magazines and newspapers across the United States, including Time, Parents, and The New York Times. She has been a guest expert on syndicated radio and national TV, and has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of conflict resolution, peacemaking, and anti-bullying, working thousands of people of all ages. Formerly a classroom teacher, her work is considered cutting-edge because of its relevance, practical nature, and applicability.
This program was recorded on August 24, 2012. The content will also be available on the Energize Students Web site.
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