Monthly Archives: August 2016

The “Trump Effect” on Adolescent Bullying Behaviors at School

American presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton recently remarked that: “Parents and teachers are already worrying about what they call the ‘Trump Effect.’ They report that bullying and harassment are on the rise in our schools, especially targeting students of color, Muslims and immigrants.” (August 25th, 2016, Reno, NV)

But is this accurate? It came out of a politician’s mouth, so I think we’re right to be skeptical.

Politifact (the nonpartisan fact-checking website) rated the statement as “mostly true.” They referred to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center which surveyed approximately 2,000 self-identified K-12 educators who visited the Teaching Tolerance website (or who subscribed to its newsletter) between March 23 and April 2, 2016.

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Workplace bullying may be bad, but it’s not illegal, right? Not so fast …

Can bullies in Alaska workplaces hide behind the fact that there’s no state law against bullying? According to contemporary thought, bullying isn’t illegal unless you work in California (which has a Workplace Violence Safety Act), Utah (with a Healthy Workplace Bill) or at a public agency in Tennessee (which has a Healthy Workplace Act protecting those who work in state and municipal agencies).

As a result, many believe bullies have virtual immunity and that those bullied have little protection unless those who bully them cross a line through criminal assault or by attacking their targets in legally protected areas, such as discrimination against age, race or sex or in the exercise of protected rights such as safety.

Perhaps, however, the tide has turned.

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Facebook’s new Lifestage app: What parents and educators need to know

As you may have heard, Facebook is testing a new iOS app called Lifestage, which is designed to enable students to create a visual profile of who they are to share with their school network. It’s unique in that it doesn’t give users the option to post privately, and unlike most services, it’s designed from the ground up for students to interact primarily with their fellow students at their school or nearby schools.

Small test

Before you go on, it’s important to know that, so far, this is a small test. Students at only a handful of schools have been enabled to set-up Lifestage accounts and, in order for a student to use Lifestage, they have to be at a participating school where 20 or more students are already using the app. The best way to find out if your student’s school has been “unlocked” is to ask your student.

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10 Ways Manipulators Use Emotional Intelligence for Evil (and How to Fight Back)

Emotional intelligence is nothing new.

Sure, the term was coined in the 1960s, and popularized by psychologists in recent decades. But the concept of emotional intelligence–which I define as a person’s ability to recognize and understand emotions and use that information to guide decision making–has been around as long as we have.

This skill we refer to as emotional intelligence (also known as EI or EQ) is like any other ability: You can cultivate it, work to enhance it, sharpen it.

And it’s important to know that, just like other skills, emotional intelligence can be used both ethically and unethically.

The dark side of emotional intelligence:

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AFP workplace harassment in the sights of Canberra’s new top cop (AU)

The senior officer selected as the next chief of ACT Policing says a damning report into sexual harassment and bullying in the Australian Federal Police (AFP) will be at the front of her mind when she takes up the role.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Justine Saunders was announced as the replacement for retiring ACT chief police officer Rudi Lammers a week after a report found sexual harassment in the AFP, including ACT Policing, was reported at almost twice the national average.

She said while she had been a victim of such conduct herself, she was shocked by the scale of the allegations.

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