Bullying in Schools and What to Do About It

Jean, Carole
September 1996
Family Matters;Spring/Summer96 Australia, Issue 45, p52
Academic Journal
The article presents information about the book "Bullying in Schools and What to Do About It," by Ken Rigby. The issue of bullying in schools, although long present, has only recently become an issue of research, concern and action. This book is both practical and academic in focus, and is divided into two sections. The first examines the issues needed to gain an understanding of bullying. Chapters in this section include an historical account of bullying, both in Australia and overseas; what constitutes bullying and how is it experienced by students; the consequences of bullying; why children bully each other; and the role of the school. The second section looks at the practical aspects of bullying and what can be done to minimise or eliminate it. Chapters include: ideas for how to get schools involved in recognising the problem; obtaining school, parent and student acceptance of an anti-bullying program; and what to do with the bully. Detailed descriptions are given of various methods and approaches to tackle the issue of bullying. The victims of bullies are also considered, with a discussion of how these children can be helped by teachers, counsellors and parents.


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