The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander

So this whole consideration of power that I spoke of in my earlier post really resonates with me. Even in college, I examined a number of issues from the perspective of money, power, and prestige as being inseparably interrelated.Today in church, the guest preacher’s sermon–based in part on the Hebrew Scripture lectionary lesson of David and Goliath–contained a summary of the book “The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School — How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence,” by Barbara Coloroso.

Even though this book is intended to be a tool for children being bullied, the minister said that the author’s analysis is applicable across the board in the analysis of power relationships.

The book’s publisher says:

It’s a deadly triad: bullies who terrorize, bullied kids who are afraid to tell, bystanders who watch, participate, or look away, and adults who dismiss the incidents as a normal part of childhood. Drawing on her decades of work with youth, this practical book by bestselling parenting educator Barbara Coloroso explains:

  • The three kinds of bullying; and the differences between boy and girl bullies
  • Four abilities that protect your child from succumbing to bullying
  • Seven steps to take if your child is a bully
  • How to help the bullied child heal and effectively discipline the bully
  • How to evaluate a school’s antibullying policy and much more

I intend to read this book and use it as material for an upcoming Adult Sunday School class that I will be leading. More later on this topic…

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