An introduction to three types of bullying prevention strategies. This report introduces us to playground buddies whose job it is to make sure all children are involved in playtime and to try to solve any problems pupils may have. It also shows how massage in the classroom, accompanied by soft music and pictures, can relieve tension in the children when they go out onto the playground. Finally, we are introduced to mediators, children who volunteer for the task of being the sounding board for any problems children may have. Children often prefer this to confiding in a teacher.
The children could discuss the skills and qualities needed to be an effective mini-bud. In small groups they could then design one advertisement to recruit mini-buds and another advertisement to encourage younger children to use the mini-bud service. As a class you could discuss why it is important to relax and ask the children what they do to relax and when. You could explain that there are many quick and easy relaxation techniques that can be used at school and work and try one together in class. You could consider with the children the benefits of using peer mediators in disputes at school rather then teachers. In pairs or groups the children could list the advantages and disadvantages of mediators and these could be shared as a class and reflected on. The children could design a digital or hard copy advertisement promoting peer mediation.