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Rising Above Bullying: From Despair to Recovery

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Extreme bullying can have devastating effects: it can leave a child severely traumatized, their self-esteem destroyed, and in deep despair. Many children who have been severely bullied are unable to attend school, and are deeply scarred by what has happened.

This book reveals these shattering effects by telling the stories of eight children who have experienced extreme bullying and then found their way to recovery at a Red Balloon Learner Centre - a place where children can go ...

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Overview

Extreme bullying can have devastating effects: it can leave a child severely traumatized, their self-esteem destroyed, and in deep despair. Many children who have been severely bullied are unable to attend school, and are deeply scarred by what has happened.

This book reveals these shattering effects by telling the stories of eight children who have experienced extreme bullying and then found their way to recovery at a Red Balloon Learner Centre - a place where children can go to continue their education and recover their self-esteem, confidence and feelings of self-worth. Their stories also act to highlight common issues which often lie behind bullying behaviour, such as weight, sexuality, race and religion. Guidance is given on what teachers and parents can do to help a child who is being bullied, or a child who uses bullying behaviour, and what the bullied children themselves can do. Also included is a section on understanding bullying behaviour - how to read the signs, why some children may be targeted, what forms it can take, and why children often remain silent.

This moving and insightful book is essential reading for all those who have encountered bullying: for parents and teachers, those who have been or are being bullied, and those who do the bullying and their families.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849051231
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 10

Foreword: Esther Rantzen, patron of Red Balloon 11

Introduction Rosemary Hayes 15

About Red Balloon Learner Centres 17

Introduction Carrie Herbert 19

A short introduction to Red Balloon Learner Centres 20

Students are our first priority 22

A first-class service 22

Unconditional positive regard 22

Negotiated Curriculum 23

Part I The Stories: From Despair to Recovery 25

1 Jane's Story 27

Discussion 35

Bullying because of a person's weight 35

Reading with confidence 38

Using drama in the recovery process 40

2 Tom's Story 42

Discussion 50

Fear of failure 50

3 Hailey's Story 55

Discussion 62

Not fitting in 63

Stereotyping 65

Anger management 66

4 Mark's Story 69

Discussion 77

Gangs 77

Bullying became of religious belief 80

5 Lauren's Story 82

Discussion 93

Sexual assault 93

Sexual bullying 95

6 Zac's Story 98

Discussion 108

The effect of bullying on families 109

7 Vicky's Story 111

Discussion 120

Cyber-bullying 121

Friendships that go wrong 123

8 Cameron's Story 126

Discussion 134

Attention-seeking 134

Fantasizing 138

Homophobic bullying 138

Part II Understanding Bullying Behaviour and Strategies to Prevent It 141

9 Understanding Bullying Behaviour 142

Reading the signs: How to spot bullying 144

Why are certain children targeted? 146

What forms can bullying take? 148

Who does the bullying? 149

Lone bullying? 150

Bullying by small groups or gangs 150

Why do bullied children remain silent? 150

10 Practical Coping Strategies for Teachers, Parents and Children 153

What can teachers do? 153

Helping children who use bullying behaviour 156

Helping a child who has been bullied 158

What can parents do? 161

What not to say 162

Asking the enemy in! 164

Intervention 164

Changing schools - a cop-out or just making a sensible choice? 165

What can children do? 166

Some ways of reacting to bullying 166

From Despair to Recovery: Moving on 170

Letters from parents 170

Messages from ex-students 172

Appendix: How Red Balloon Learner Centres Work 176

Philosophy 176

Academie achievement 177

Listening and discussion 177

A positive self-image 178

A therapeutic community 178

Personal and Social Education 180

Therapists 181

Drama and ethics 182

Boys' and girls' groups 182

Individual work on self-esteem and facing demons 183

Negotiating the Curriculum 183

Useful Resources 186

Further Reading 190

Recommended reading for children experiencing bullying 190

Fiction for older readers 190

Fiction for younger children 191

Non-fiction for children and young people 192

Further reading for parents and professionals 192

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