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How would you break up a fight among kids?

1 of 35 Camp Counselor Interview Questions and Answers Written by Ryan Brown

Updated on July 1st, 2018 |
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Fights do happen, and you have to be prepared for this scenario. If there is a physical fight, be ready to step in, if its verbal, immediately warn the campers they can not treat each other in that way. Campers need to learn how to resolve their differences with one another, so you would make sure they apologize afterwards. If the behavior was excessive, you would remove the kids from the group, and tell the parents of the situation.

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Ryan Brown
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First written on: 02/27/2014
Last modified on: 07/01/2018

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How would you break up a fight among kids?
1.
I would step in and take them aside and explain that their behavior is not appropriate and we would talk about the issue and what we might do to avoid the same conflict in the future.
2.
I would talk to each person involved in the fight so I know what was happening and why and then I would help them solve the problem.
3.
I would step in the middle of it and explain why there is no point in fighting because both are going to get hurt in the end and camp is not a place for violence.
4.
I would separate them, speak to them separately.
5.
First, I would seperate them. And if they are still hostile towards eachother I would sit them down and have a conference with them one on one and figure out a solution.
6.
Tell them to break it up and get them away from each other without physically touching them.
7.
I would put myself in the way, blocking their hits but not striking back, until they both back off.
8.
I would get in the middle of them and pull them apart.
9.
Tell them to stop and obviously apply the necessary consequences.
10.
I would pull them apart and ask them what's going on and see if there is a way of resolving the problem.
11.
I would break them apart and listen to each side of the story then try to resolve the problem so that both are satisfied.
12.
This depends on a lot of aspects. Physical fight, or verbal? How old are they? If it's a physical fight, I would pull them off each other and I would mediate a conversation between the two. A verbal fight, I would mediate a conversation between them to find the source of the problem, then problem-solve so everyone wins.
13.
I would pull them both aside and talk to them to see what the problem is. From there I would diffuse the situation and give them both something to do to get their minds off of it.
14.
Depending on how many children are involved other staff would need to be involved as well. First I would separate the campers involved and then speak with the campers individually to find out what happened and report to their Division Director.
15.
I would make sure both kids end up being on good terms.
16.
Step in and ask clearly what the issue is and how it can be solved on each side of the fight. Explain that fighting is not the answer and talk through the problem quickly and affectively so the children understand and the problem can be solved and then everyone can move on.
17.
I would idetify why they are fighting. Iw ould seperate them for a while. Ill take the aside and figure out the priblem and then adjust to that.
18.
Separate them and talk to them ask them why were they fighting.
19.
I would ask them to stop fighting without putting my hands on them. If they have to be physically separated, I would make sure that I grab their clothing and never their body parts to prevent possible injury and or complaints.
20.
I would grab both of their arms and pull them apart if it's physical but if it's verbal then I'd tell them to stop and have a talk with them both.
21.
By asking them to sit down and talk to each other calmly.
22.
Split them up, wait for them to calm down seperately away from others then get them to talk.
23.
I would try to organize group activities or team building activities.
24.
Separate them and ask them why are they fighting.
25.
I would move them away from each other at a stance, I would ask them both what was the problem, I would ask them to compromise and come up with an logical solution, and then I would ask them in a nice way to apologize to each other, and I would have them sit slightly away from each other in all activities just to make sure there is no more underlying conflict.
26.
I would step in and try to talk the kids and ask why they were fighting and say that violence does not solve the problem.
27.
I try to separate them and if I can not, I ask for support.
28.
I would try to pull them apart and then speak with them one at a time to find out what the problem was and try to come up with solutions to that problem.
29.
Avoid over discussing the situation, help them to find a common ground and try to help them understand that things would be much more fun if they put it behind them and tried to work together instead.
30.
I would break up a fight between kids by sternly verbally reprimanding them, and taking physical action to step between them if that was possible and safe for all parties. Then I would separate the kids, and ask them individually what had happened, and how they were goping to resolve it, putting the responsibility on them and guiding them to respectful and resposible decisions.
31.
I would separate the children and talk to them. If they are fighting over firsts or seconds, I would think of a number one through ten and make them guess and whoever is closest. (only if they think they can civily solve) otherwise I would have to call their parents.
32.
Tell them to stop and then pull one of them apart.
33.
I would separate the kids and keep them distracted for long enough that the angry feelings would dissolve and the tension would disappear.
34.
First I would diffuse the situation and allow each party to explain what had happened. From there I would use discussion to work out the situation verbally, and turn the situation into a learning experience for both parties involved.
35.
I would get in between them and separate both of them, figure out why they were fighting and figure out their punishments.
36.
I would get them to sit down, listen to both of their sides of the story patiently and sort out a logical solution. I would also use the policies of the camp when dealing with situations.
37.
Get in-between them and separate them.
38.
Talk to each of them seperatly and compermise.
39.
I would separate them from each other and then talk about the situation to get it under control.
40.
I would bring other counselors along, and then every kid involved would have a chat one on one and then as a group we could all be brought together.
41.
I would separate the kids, tell them fighting is not allowed, speak to each one calmly and individually and ask each of them seperately and ask what the problem is and listen to each of the children involved.
42.
I would separate them, and then sit them down in different rooms or parts of the room and talk to them about the situation.
43.
I would jump in and break it up, then take them outside and talk to them and if needed send them to the office.
44.
I would get in the middle and have them one at a time explain what happened then explain a productive way solve it.
45.
I would put myself right it in and discipline them both.
46.
If it is physical, then I will try to break it up. If it is verbal, I would try and talk it out. In both cases though, I would talk to the manager or their parents.
47.
I would separate them to give them a chance to cool down and process the situation and then, depending on the age, bring them back together to talk about it or talk to them separately. It is important to let the directors know so if the situation continues, they can step in to resolve it.
48.
I would first ask them what is wrong. After I got both sides of the story I would make them apologize to each other and either separate them if things are still bad or allow them to play together again if the issue has been resolved.
49.
I would sit each kid aside, and have them each state their side of the story. I would listen to each sides and help them agree on a compromise. I would then have them apolagize to each other, and if possible keep them away from each other so they can cool some air.
50.
It heavily depends on the personality of the kids and the nature of the conflict. I would carefully evaluate the situation before making an informed decision. This decision may involve separating the kids from each other, facilitating a discussion to solve the problem, or distracting the group with a new activity.
51.
Whether its a verbal or also physical fight, you have to start by getting both parties calmed down and separated. Then listen to both sides of the story. Mediate between the two parties until a fair decision or solution can be reached.
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