Meanness in boys can be observed in many forms, intensities, frequencies and durations, often different than meanness in girls. Recent research and experiences from best-practice programs have brought fresh perspectives and recommended approaches to help professionals work more effectively with this meanness in boys. For example, during the past decade there has been a surge in the number of new books and programs that have been specifically developed to address gender-based issues related to meanness in elementary, middle and high school boys.
Bullying is not the only type of relational aggression that boys use against their peers. Today, the problems associated with meanness and harassment in students have increased because of the surging use of digital and social media. Texting and social networking have provided new tools boys can use to amplify the impact of their intended meanness. As a result, the impact of meanness in boys has become more pervasive and long-lasting on victims - sometimes leading to academic and social withdrawal, depression, substance abuse, other risky behaviors, suicidal ideation, delinquency, criminal behavior and future dysfunctional relationships.
Many of today's boys are in need of focused, supportive interventions that are designed to target them in their own gender-affected worlds. In addition, victims and bystanders of peer meanness need to be provided with impactful insights and approaches they can use to become more effective "intervenors" with their peers. This one-day seminar will provide you with updated insights, strategies and approaches specifically related to these boys and their issues. It will also present specific approaches and recommendations to sue schoolwide, in the classroom, with groups and with individuals.