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Stop Girl on Girl Violence

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Today, nearly 30 percent of juveniles arrested are girls or young women, and their share of arrests, detainment and court hearings has steadily increased over the past two decades, according to the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

One in four violent acts are perpetrated by girls, compared to 1 in 10 a generation ago, according to research from the Center for the Study of Prevention and Violence in Boulder, Colorado.

In Wilmington Deleware a 16 year old girl named Amy Inita Joyner-Francis died after she was beaten in a school restroom.

Minor rants – about a girl's hair or outfit – are now amplified by social media since they are shared with hundreds or thousands of followers and are carried on the Internet from school to home.

With a changing landscape, we can’t just keep teaching math and science – we have to start teaching social skills in schools.

Arnold Golstein, a renowned expert in the teaching of social skills to students with behavior disorders and challenges believes that there are four primary reasons that explain why students are socially unskilled:

(1) They don't know another way to (re)act other than their present pattern of behavior. (2) They know (cognitively) other ways to behave, but haven't had enough practice to display them competently. (3) They tried another way, but it didn't work for them the first time(s) they tried it, so they assume that it would never work for them. (4) Tension and anxiety interfere with the ability to perform the practiced behavior well in real life.

Social skills are those communication, problem-solving, decision making, self-management, and peer relations abilities that allow one to initiate, build, and maintain positive social relationships with others. 

In sum, social skills courses are needed in schools like never before to stop girl on girl violence and teach our youth how to use social media responsibly and how to peacefully resolve conflict.



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