Elizabeth Englander -- Video Clips
Elizabeth Englander on Using the Ostracism Case Study
"This case study can be a useful tool because it has a very clear timeline. So, it really lays out the sequence of events, and that can be useful because adults can take students through the sequence of events and say to them, ‘At what point in the sequence could this have been resolved? "
Elizabeth Englander on the Importance of Peer Support
"...what really helps is the connections that kids make. The more they have a connection with somebody that likes them and cares about them, the less these kinds of problems are significant."
Elizabeth Englander on the Adult Response to Student Use of Digital Technology
"But it’s true that once you put something in writing, and you disseminate it to many people, you’ve staked out a place that you have to defend, and that tends to escalate the extremism of your feelings. So, we have to learn, now that we’ve become a society that is utilizing written communication so heavily, we have to learn how to cope with the implications of that, and we have to begin talking with children about how to handle these problems in a way that is productive."
Elizabeth Englander on the Adult’s Role in Student Conflict Prevention
"The answer is really to talk with your kids about what does it means to be a friend? And how can you handle problems in your friendships so that you still are friends with these people? How do you treat your friends and how to they treat you? And those kind of issues, to really drive home the message that it’s the relationship that’s gold. That’s the thing you’re going for; that other people, at times, may be mean to you in this life, but, if you have those relationships, you’re going to be stronger..."
Elizabeth Englander on the Impact of Electronics on Power Dynamics and Bullying Scenarios
When kids are in school, there tends to be a more rigid power structure in a problem. So you have a kid who’s more popular or had more kids on their side and another child who is less popular and has fewer kids on their side, and that dynamic tends – at least for that conflict – to be kind of stable. But when you go online, all bets are off, because kids who are, maybe feel powerless at school, may feel emboldened online, and they may do things in retaliation, or they may do things to bolster their own power that they would never do in school.