Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Peer Punishment

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Peers judging their own is about to be trialled here. We are following a model which has supposed to have met with succes in the US. There is widespread opposition to it as far as I can tell, but I'd rather wait and see. It may just work. The one thing we have to be sure of is that we are having trouble managing the anti social behaviour of teenagers. They are behaving badly big time and we are not doing too well in curbing this behaviour. Maybe their own will have some capacity to deal with them. it is an opportunity to encourage functional teenagers into leadership roles within our community. They may understand better the pressures on their own age group and they may well be able to get through where we fail. Currently it is being trialled in Victoria. We have to do something and we have to be open to ideas which seem to be working. We'll know pretty quickly if it has a good impact or not and by watching teens interact with teens we may well get a better idea of how to help them become more productive and positive.
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