What is Peer Mediation?
Peer mediation is a negotiation-based strategy that teaches student mediators alternative strategies to help resolve conflict among their
peers. In peer mediation, students trained as conflict managers apply problem-solving strategies to assist their peers in settling disputes
in a manner satisfying to all parties. Such a strategy may help keep many minor incidents from escalating over time into more serious incidents.
More importantly, peer mediation teaches students an set of skills that they can apply in conflict situations. Over time, students in
schools with effective peer mediation programs learn that there are alternatives to violence for solving personal problems or resolving interpersonal conflict
Some key components of peer mediation include:
Peer mediation generally solves disagreements between children that may be caused by name-calling, rumors, or misunderstandings.
Participation in mediation is voluntary.
Students appreciate mediation because it is confidential.
Peer mediation does not replace the school disciplinary system.
Peer mediation is a key component in the continuing effort to keep our schools safe for all students.
Just as reading and writing are essential skills for leading a productive life, so too are conflict resolution skills. Young people need to be able to communicate effectively, appreciate the consequences of their actions, generate and evaluate alternative solutions to problems and coexist with people with whom they disagree. Peer mediation teaches these fundamental skills and attitudes to both student mediators and students who participate in mediation sessions. Teaching students skills to resolve their own conflicts not only improves their lives, but improves the schools in which they learn.