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Human resources debate starts with barbs from Nunavut finance minister (CA)

The long awaited review of the Nunavut government as an employer — including addressing issues of workplace harassment — started off with a fiery exchange in the legislature Thursday.

The proceedings in committee of the whole are reviewing five documents, including the government’s human resource strategy for 2014-2018 and the ethics officer’s 2015-2016 annual report.

Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak moved for the review in the fall sitting after Nunavut government employees reached out to her about workplace bullying.

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Stats suggest a decline in bullying, but experts not so sure

(Editor’s Note:  Self-reports by schools and school districts are probably the most self-serving and unreliable data in the field of bullying prevention.  This is a classic example.  Fifty school districts reported there was no bullying at all?  Really?  That is simply not possible.  The problem here, as noted in the article, is that district administrators have generous discretion in deciding whether or not a specific event constitutes bullying behavior.  And how many district administrators believe it helps their careers to report the occurrence of bullying?  Exactly.  I’d love to see the district administrators’ opinion of the amount of bullying taking place in their schools with what the students report.  Now, that would be interesting! — Mike Tully)

In 2011, amid growing concern about bullying, the state legislature passed a law defining the term and requiring schools to record “verified acts” in a publicly accessible log.

A review of logs kept in several area schools suggest that bullying is rarely a problem in greater Danbury, and statewide figures show a steady decline in verified incidents over the last three years.

According to the Connecticut Department of Education, the number of bullying incidents decreased from 1,453 in 2012-13, to 1,296 the next year and 857 in 2014-15, the most recent data available.

In some 50 school districts there were no verified cases last year, and in more than 70 others, including New Milford, Bethel, New Fairfield and Region 9, there were five or fewer.

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Over 20% of cyberbullied B.C. youth have attempted suicide: report

(NOTE:  The headline to this article is a bit misleading.  The study appears to focus on youth who are at-risk and perhaps more vulnerable when it comes to cyberbullying.  — Mike Tully, Editor)

A McCreary Centre Society report suggests more than 20% of cyberbullied youth in B.C. have attempted suicide. The report also found that victims of cyberbullying are 10 times likelier to bully others themselves.

The report called “Untangling the web: Online safety and sexting among BC youth” polled 30,000 12 to 19-year-old B.C. students on everything from bullying to suggestive text messages. It found one in five girls and one in 10 boys had met someone online who made them feel unsafe and there were similar percentages of those who said they were cyberbullied in the past year.

Youth who are cyberbullied, met someone unsafe online, or who sexted were more likely to have poorer mental health, states the report. They even miss school for fear of bullying.

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Top Nonexistent Law That Will Get You Fired: Hostile Work Environment

By Donna Ballman (Thanks to Huffington Post)

Many people contact me after having been fired for complaining about their hostile work environment. They write a long email to HR or their boss explaining, in excruciating detail, all the ways their boss or a colleague is harassing them at work. They are shocked when they are fired for complaining. The sad truth is that there is no law against general harassment, bullying or hostile work environment, and thus no law protecting you against retaliation if you report it.

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THE WHIFFENPOOF SONG (An Homage to the Greatest Generation)

Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Pearl Harbor Remembrance

(I first wrote this column on December 7, 2003, for a web site associated with a radio talk show that I co-hosted for two years.  I publish it anew every year in honor of the Greatest Generation, my Father, who served in the Pacific Theater, my uncle, who died in Europe before I was born, all of those lost on The Day Which Will Live In Infamy.  — Mike Tully)

The choir first formed twelve select Sundays ago. It reconvenes every annual remembrance of that first gathering. Every year the choir grows. Those who join these days are gray, bent, proud and too frequently forgotten. But their voices, when mingled with those more ancient, reach the stars. We raise our glasses to the ones who didn’t make it through on this day, and they silently return our toast. Silently, that is, but for the echoes of an anthem of the Greatest Generation.

From the tables down at Mory’s, to the place where Louie dwells,

To the dear old Temple bar we love so well.


StopIt app tries to prevent children from cyber bullying

BLOG-8-24-15-APPSBullying is a problem around the world. About 1 in 3 children say they’ve been bullied. While there have been strides made thanks to awareness of the problem, cyber-bullying is a growing problem which makes it harder than ever for victims. A new app adopted in schools across the U.S. is helping to make it easier to report cyber bullying.

The vast majority of bullying in America still happens in person in school. But a growing number of students are now being cyber bullied.“What we’re finding is that cyber bullying or online harassment isn’t more common than in-person bullying and harassment, but it exacerbates because it’s an additional form that people are experiencing. So if you’re bullied in school, you are also more likely to then get it online and that exacerbates what’s already going on because you can’t get away from it,” said Joe Kosciw, the chief research and strategy officer of GLSEN.

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Duke Kahanamoku: The heroic moment that became part of his legend


(NOTE:  Duke Kahanamoku is one of my personal heroes, so I’m honoring him on his 125th birthday.  I hope you forgive this brief departure from the usual subject matter.  – Mike Tully)

It was in the turbulent Pacific waters off Corona del Mar 90 years ago when Duke Kahanamoku, the celebrated Hawaiian surfing and Olympic swimming titleholder, proved once again to be a genuine American champion. He is the subject of a Google Doodle today..

Dawn was breaking that Sunday, June 14, 1925, when Kahanamoku, then 34, in the company of several surfers, including Gerard “Jerry” Vultee, his best friend and pioneer aircraft designer, was preparing to enter the waves on his 12-foot mahogany surfboard.

The “Duke” (who was born 125 years ago today) could see that trouble was brewing when massive waves and swells propelled by fierce winds began to lash the coast.

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About the New Look: Sign of the Times

As you can readily see, the look of Substantial Disruption has changed.  The reason is not aesthetic, although the old format was getting old.   This new design is both responsive and accessible.  Now that so many people are accessing online information on various screens of various sizes, from large desktop monitors to cell phones and tablets, it’s important that websites display correctly on all screen venues.   This blog is now built on a WordPress theme that is responsive.  And, by the way, this is not the final look.  The site design is still a work in progress.  However, it was time to make the change.  Unfortunately, the transition resulted in the loss of old posts and comments,  but that is the only substantive change.   Everything else will be what you have gotten used — with enhancements.  Later on, I will be migrating the site and to the new format as well.   I hope you continue to enjoy Substantial Disuption and information about bullying and cyberbullying prevention and research.  And please do not hestitate to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Mike Tully, Editor and Publisher

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