When a ‘good communication skills’ strategy is not enough, there is a ‘nonviolent’ communication strategy
The Government’s new anti-bullying policy is about more than just getting more kids to behave themselves.
The Government is taking the approach of a “nonviolent” strategy, in which it is not about getting kids to stop their bullying.
Instead, it is encouraging them to engage with the bullying.
It is an approach that the Department of Education is also promoting through its “Talk to Your Child” program.
“I don’t know if it’s been the same thing for the Government but it’s certainly something we’ve been promoting,” Mr Hodge said.
“In terms of our non-violent approach, the Government has said we’re doing it in partnership with the community.”
That’s an approach the Government hopes will lead to the greatest level of change possible, as long as the bullies are not exposed to the message that bullying is a “good way to teach children”.
“We know that in school we’re very often told that bullying doesn’t work,” he said.
But Mr Hinkle is not sure that message is being spread.
“We’ve had very good experiences with the local community in our local schools.
I don’t think there is one that’s going to stand out in terms of being a very good community school and having the best environment for learning and learning well,” he says.
“There’s one in our suburb that has some very good schools.
We know that we’re really going to have to work with that community, but we’re also not going to be able to get it at every school in the region.”
It’s the kind of approach that is gaining traction in other countries around the world, where some countries have seen success in getting young people to become good citizens by adopting a non-violence approach to bullying.
“If we’re going to get that message out to children it’s going be best to start with children, so they’re exposed to it from a young age, and then we can get them out of the cycle of being bullied,” Mr Schoen says.
In some cases, it might be the parents themselves who are at the forefront of the anti-bully campaigns.
In Australia, Dr Hodge says the Government should encourage young people in schools to have a positive and open dialogue about bullying.
Dr Hinkle says it’s a good thing that there are a lot of young people who have been through the bullying cycle themselves, and have been able to tell the bullying that they didn’t like it.
“A lot of parents in my area and in the community say that when they’ve had their child come out and said something to them like that, they’ve been able say, ‘Oh my god, I don´t want to hear that.'”
“They’ve been through a very dark and challenging experience and I think that is something that we can all learn from,” he adds.
“The problem is we need parents and teachers and parents to be willing to listen and understand the children and have the courage to say, yes, I understand why your child is being bullied.””
That doesn’t mean they’re not going through that process themselves. “
The problem is we need parents and teachers and parents to be willing to listen and understand the children and have the courage to say, yes, I understand why your child is being bullied.”
That doesn’t mean they’re not going through that process themselves.
But if we don’t teach children the message of non-bulling and not the bullying itself, that’s not going be effective.
“You have to understand why you’re doing what you’re going through.” “
One of the things I’ve learnt is that people who bully are not people who don’t understand what they are doing,” he explains.
“You have to understand why you’re doing what you’re going through.”
Mr Hinx says he feels a sense of pride that the Government is promoting a non violent approach.
“They’re promoting it so they can get to work on what they can do about the bullying,” he laughs.
“Because it’s really hard, the bullying and the bullying is happening in schools and parents are saying, ‘You know what, it’s time to start getting to work.'”
But it’s also time for the parents to start looking at what they do, because they’re responsible for the kids.