Bullying in Schools: And what to Do about it

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Aust Council for Ed Research, 2007 - Education - 330 pages
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Bullying is now widely recognised as a serious problem that affects many children in schools. It can take many forms, including direct verbal and physical harassment and indirect forms such as deliberate exclusion and the targeting of individuals using cyber technology. Continual and severe bullying can cause both short term and long term damage, making it difficult for victims to form intimate relationships with others and for habitual bullies to avoid following a delinquent lifestyle and becoming perpetrators of domestic violence. Even though this type of abuse affects many of our school children, Ken Rigby believes there are grounds for optimism. This passionate and motivating book shows that there are ways of reducing the likelihood of bullying occurring in a school and effective ways of tackling cases when they do occur. Using up-to-date studies, Bullying in Schools helps us to understand the nature of bullying and why it so often takes place in schools. Importantly, it examines and evaluates what schools can do to promote more positive peer relationships within the school community and take effective and sustainable action to deal with problems that may arise. Teachers, parents, school leaders, policy makers, and health professionals will find it invaluable and empowering.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Understanding Bullying
9
Bullying today
11
What is going on in schools?
24
Consequences of bullying
48
Understanding bullying
67
The school ethos
94
Further light on understanding bullying
109
Finding out about bullying
197
What to do with the bully
206
Humanistic approaches to bullying
213
Supporting the victim
236
Parents teachers and families
251
More recent developments
263
Students as peer helpers
279
Epilogue
306

What Can Be Done?
123
Linking understanding to practice
124
Getting started
129
School policy on bullying
142
Gaining student support
154
Where it happens
182
References
309
Resources on bullying
319
Subject index
325
Author index
329
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Ken Rigby is Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the School of Education, University of South Australia. He is the author of Bullying in Schools and What to Do About It (1997), Stop the Bullying: a Handbook for Schools (2001) and New Perspectives on Bullying (2002).

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