MASTER CLASS - BODY OF EVIDENCE

MAIN STAGE KEYNOTES

PARALLEL STREAM - A LIVING LIBRARY OF POSITIVE EDUCATION IN ACTION

PARALLEL STREAM - STRONGER, SAFER; BRIGHTER, BOLDER

PARALLEL STREAM - SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNINGCHOOLS

PARALLEL STREAM -WHOLE SCHOOL WELLBEING

PARALLEL STREAM - BUILDING HEALTHY SCHOOLSION

The words ‘bully’ and ‘bullying’ are emotive, negative and unhelpful. They were rarely part of a child’s vocabulary until recently. Nowadays the words flow from the lips of children too often when they are having normal conflict with their peers. When these words are used they only serve to propound the problem. Our communities seem overwhelmed with bullying to the point where it obscures the overall situation. We focus on the wrong thing – the problem.

Many anti-bullying campaigns highlight the problem, therefore engage people in a sense of rage that something has to be done. While it is desirable to achieve a zero tolerance to bullying, there has been a tendency toward punitive measures to solve the problem. Punitive forms of handling bullying issues only serve to perpetuate the notion of power imbalance. I heard a child say, ‘If we bully the bullies, it will only make more bullies.’

If bullying is about an imbalance of power it would serve us well to employ initiatives that empower everyone. Rather than talking about anti-bullying campaigns let’s have some conversation about bully proofing by proactively building social confidence in children, communities of respect and engaging in restorative practices.

About Steve

Steve Heron is the founder of ‘Nurture Works’ and developer of ‘BUZ - Build Up Zone’. Steve has over 35 years experience working in pastoral care with children in schools, families, camps and the community. Author of the positive books ‘BUZOLOGY – Powering Hope in Children’ and ‘Bully Proofing – The Art of Social Confidence in Children’, Steve is also a children's book author, a program creator and innovator in his field.

Steve has been described as an ‘affirmative vandal’ because of his positive approach to making the world a better place for children.
Steve is currently training school staff and chaplains in BUZ initiatives and programs in schools and has grass roots experience as a YouthCARE (WA) chaplain in a public school.

A BUZologist is a good word to describe Steve who is passionate about powering hope in children, building children up and creating positive child friendly environments that grow children’s confidence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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