Who is the Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander? Essay

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In Chapters One and Two of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystanders, internationally recognized speaker and author, Barbara Coloroso (2010), draws readers into the complex and tragic world of the bully, the bullied, and the bystander. In Chapter One she explains that she uses the terms the bully, the bullied, and the bystander not to lock children into labels, but instead to identify the role that the child is playing in a particular scene (p. 4). Moreover she describes the all too common scenes or patterns that occur in bullying situation and how each “character” develops or responds (pp.5-8). Chapter Two then strictly focuses on the bully. She defines bullying including four critical elements (pp. 12-13), distinguishes between verbal,…show more content…
In Chapters One and Two of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystanders, internationally recognized speaker and author, Barbara Coloroso (2010), draws readers into the complex and tragic world of the bully, the bullied, and the bystander. In Chapter One she explains that she uses the terms the bully, the bullied, and the bystander not to lock children into labels, but instead to identify the role that the child is playing in a particular scene (p. 4). Moreover she describes the all too common scenes or patterns that occur in bullying situation and how each “character” develops or responds (pp.5-8). Chapter Two then strictly focuses on the bully. She defines bullying including four critical elements (pp. 12-13), distinguishes between verbal, physical, and relational bullying (pp. 13-17), and discusses seven different types of bullies (pp. 17-19). Furthermore, she delves into bullying's roots in contempt, the psychological characteristics of bullies, and the signs which signal a need for intervention (pp.20-21). Thus the reading agrees with this cohort member's position that conflict resolution professionals could provide a wide array of services to school districts in efforts to prevent and stop bullying. Coloroso (2010) points out how bullying can be mistaken for normal childish teasing or disagreements (p. 11) and even provides statistics that reveal just how often parents and teachers underestimated the frequency of bullying (p. 12). In fact, social scientist Urie

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