Beating Bullying

Conflict is an inevitable part of childhood, and not all conflict is harmful or bad.  Constructive conflict helps children to learn, grow, and change for the better.  Destructive conflict, on the other hand, damages relationships, creates bad feelings, and leads to other problems.  Bullying behaviors fall into this second category because conflict is expressed in ways not intended to find resolution.  Bullying, both direct and indirect, neagtively affects the entire camp, school, or community.  Dr. Joel Haber, a frequent contributor to American Camp Association conferences, offers some great perspectives and advice on bullying on his website, RespectU.com.