16th Sep 2021
The difference between Conflict and Bullying is something we get asked about a lot here at BulliesOut. Many confuse conflict, and managing that conflict, with bullying behaviour and it can be a real source of tension between schools and parents.
The ability to deal with conflict is one that we need to be able to manage as we go through life. It is rare to find a person who has not experienced a falling out or a disagreement with a friend, family member or colleague. But it is in how we manage that conflict, and resolve that conflict, that makes the impact on the relationship a positive or a negative one.
Many relationships find themselves stronger because of a successful resolution of conflict. Many people find themselves stronger and more confident for dealing effectively with a conflict resolution. Therefore, to take the early development of those skills away from our young people can impact them in negative way. Young people need to experience and learn from conflict. They need to develop skills in conflict resolution and use emotional intelligence to negotiate that resolution.
How then can we help our children in doing this?
Above all, it is important to understand that in managing this conflict, you are developing key skills that will greatly assist in later life. Whilst when dealing with it, it may feel unpleasant and uncomfortable, try to remember, it will be resolved and finding a way forward together is often more important than insisting it be ‘your’ way forward that is chosen. In managing conflict, we need to work with others not against them.
For more information on the difference between Bullying Behaviour and Conflict please get in touch.
Written by Lucy Howard, BulliesOut Digital Communications Officer
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