Teaching Children and Young People Conflict Resolution

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Conflict management education is beneficial for children in their relationships. It helps them relate better. They learn to manage emotions, become problem solvers and maintain good relationships. It decreases the incidents of violence.

Teaching children conflict management skills is beneficial to society as a whole.  It can help reduce fighting, bullying, harassment and other forms of violence among students and in the society. They learn the skill set and concepts for understanding how to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts, competing needs and interests without resorting to violence.

They learn to talk through their differences focusing on the problem not on the personalities and come up with a resolution together. Control their emotions, respect others and appreciate individual differences. It empowers them to be responsible, disciplined and to build leadership qualities. Gaining the ability to be able to influence their parents and siblings. They carry these into their adult lives, workplace and personal relationships.

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Incorporating conflict resolution education in the curriculum will facilitate children solve problems peacefully and resolve conflicts independently even as adults. They learn to think before reacting because the tendency in a conflict situation is to react immediately. They learn to listen actively, manage emotional expressions and de-escalate potentially explosive situations without violence.

Students are empowered with the skills to resolve differences peacefully using positive behaviour that they have not been able to learn at home. These skills can be developed through conflict resolution activities that can be fun such as role play, games, books that teach conflict resolution, creative writing, mediation role plays and conflict coaching.