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Fat Shaming: Assessing Weight-Based Bullying
On the last track, we discussed helping students fight bullying as a group by using the Anti - Meanness Chart.
On this track... we will discuss two concepts for helping students work together to deal with bullying at school. These two concepts are intervening, and the anti-meanness test.
2 Concepts for Helping Students Work Together
I stated to Brandy, "Having your anti-meanness group can help when you see or hear someone being bullied. Let’s role play an example to see how working as a team can help other students. What is an example of bullying that you have observed?"
Brandy stated, "Well, there’s this girl Karen who just moved to our school. She’s really nice, and is trying to be friendly with everyone. The other day, this boy named Max dropped one of his books, and Karen picked it up. He just turned around and yelled, ‘I don’t want help from no black person!’"
Technique: The Golden Nugget
Brandy stated, "That sounds ok, but I’m worried that Karen wouldn’t understand what we were doing. What if she thought Max’s comments were cool?"
I replied, "Well, that’s where having a friend from your Anti-Meanness club comes in. While you talk to Max, your friend can approach Karen and take her aside. This gives your friend a chance to explain to Karen what is happening, and also prevents her from hearing any more vicious comments. Your friend could say something to Karen like, ‘Isn’t it sad that some white people don’t know how great black people are?’"
Concept #2: The Anti-Meaness Test
I explained to Brandy that the Anti-Meanness test has two parts.
I explained to Brandy that by practicing using the anti-meanness test, she and her friends could be much better prepared for encounters with bullying and meanness at school. I stated, "It’s important to remind each other that even with practice, you will get stuck sometimes, and that’s ok. You can look back later, when you feel more calm and more safe. If you can’t decide on a better response yourself, your anti-meanness group can help you. I think it can help to remember that most bullies are not very clever with their insults, and they usually repeat themselves. So, if you figure out what you should have said, you’ll probably get a chance to use the response you come up with in the future."
Think of your Brandy. Would intervening or the anti meanness test and role playing help her or him deal more effectively with bullies at school?
On this track... we have discussed two concepts for helping students work together to deal with bullying at school. These two concepts are, intervening, and the anti-meanness test and role playing.
On the next track... we will discuss three methods for helping students cope with doubts they may have regarding making a commitment to stand up to bullies. These methods are, Making a Commitment, Airing Doubts, and the Opposites technique.
- Cohen-Posey, Kate MS LMHC LMFT; How to Handle Bullies, Teasers, and Other Meanies; Rainbow Books, Inc: Highland City, Florida; 1995.
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