That's why I do things differently! If we only hold assemblies, we won't be effective. But adding in my HERO Mastermind, is the secret sauce!
The classic approach — pile kids into an auditorium and lecture them on the dangers of bullying, perhaps including a sad story about its effects along the way — doesn't appear to really work.
Some researchers believe that the reason it doesn't work is that students, like people in general, don't really take their cues for how to behave from authority figures — they take them from their peers.
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A high school coach has drawn up a treatise to help prevent bullying in school sports.
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In order for behavior to be considered bullying, it has to have these:
• Imbalance of power. Typically those who engage in bully-like behaviors use their strength, popularity or power to harm, control or manipulate others. They will usually target those who are weaker in size or may have a difficult time defending themselves.
• Intent to cause harm. A bully is a person who does not do things by accident. The bully intends to physically or emotionally injure a person or group of persons.
• Repetition. Typically incidents of bullying are not a one-time thing. Bullies target the same person or group over and over again.
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