Monthly Archives: November 2016

‘We’re failing our kids’ says bullying expert as New Zealand schools among worst in world, again

“We are failing our kids,” says Dr Jaimee Stuart, who has carried out research into bullying in New Zealand.

Her comments come as the 2015 Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) shows the country is once again among the worst in the world when it comes to bullying.

Among Year 5 science and maths students, 24 per cent said they were bullied on a weekly basis, with only 40 per cent saying they were “almost never” bullied.

Only Bahrain and South Africa scored lower in this ranking than New Zealand.

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Women more likely than men to be bullied at work: Report (Australia)

Women are more likely than men to be bullied and experience being physically assaulted or threatened by a client or patient, according to new research by Safe Work Australia.

Moreover, women were more likely to be on the receiving end of unfair treatment because of their gender, and experience unwanted sexual advances.

However, men were significantly more likely to experience being sworn at or yelled at in the workplace.

The Bullying & Harassment in Australian Workplaces: Results from the Australian Workplace Barometer project 2014/2015 report includes information on the prevalence of bullying and harassment in Australian workplaces.

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Student group at Pasco Middle School battles bullying, other issues (Florida)

DADE CITY — T-shirts with the words “Tough Guys Wear Pink” were worn by a number of students at Pasco Middle School on Nov. 18 — it was one of several messages conveyed during Pink Out Day, organized and promoted by the school’s Pirates of Peace Club.

Pirates of Peace is a long-standing student organization, co-sponsored by Sunrise Domestic & Sexual Violence Center and funded through a Delta grant. The aim of the group, says Sunrise director of community education and training Terri O’Brien, is for students “to promote peace and healthy relationships in their school and community.”

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Ministry slams national university-affiliated school’s slow bullying response, urges quick action on cases (Japan)

The education ministry has urged national universities to quickly respond to bullying cases at affiliated schools to prevent repeats of a recent case at a Tokyo high school that left one student severely injured after requests for action were ignored.

On Tuesday, Tokyo Gakugei University Senior High School, one of Japan’s top national high schools, admitted to mishandling of bullying incidents that left a student with severe injuries including a bone fracture and concussion.

Tokyo Gakugei University said it took disciplinary action against the head of the high school, located in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward, and four other teachers for failing to report the case for six months.

A law enacted in 2013 to curb bullying requires schools to report to the education ministry and municipalities cases deemed “serious situations,” such as victims sustaining grave physical injuries or mental harm.

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Harassment in schools skyrockets after election, teachers report

(Editor’s Note:  This is the most recent example of the corrosive impact of the election of Donald Trump and reminds us of two basic truths:  (1) elections matter, sometimes in more ways then are immediately obvious; (2) adults are role models and the President is the most well-known role model in the country.  Whatever one may think of Barack Obama’s policies, he has conducted himself as a responsible, moral and mature adult.  So far the President-Elect has not demonstrated these qualities.  Unless he learns to act like an adult, not to mention a President, the cultural degradation evidenced by this article will increase and perpetuate.  Unfortunately, the prospects of that seem remote.  — Mike Tully)

(CNN) — In the days following Donald Trump’s presidential victory, students in Kansas chanted, “Trump won, you’re going back to Mexico,” to students from other countries, according to a high school teacher in a suburban community within the state.

In Oregon, a high school teacher photographed vandalism in the boys’ bathroom, which mentioned the KKK and used the n-word.

In Tennessee, a black student was blocked from entering his classroom by two white students chanting, “Trump, Trump,” according to a high school teacher at the school where this happened.

And, in Georgia, a 12-year-old white male student saw an “X” on another white student’s paper and proceeded to draw a swastika on his paper, according to a middle school teacher at the school. “And our administration is telling us not to talk about it,” the teacher said.

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What parents don’t get about cyberbullying

(Editor’s Note:  I present this article on Dr. Fisk’s book for informational purposes.  This inclusion is neither meant as an endorsement of his views or as a critique.  I will present various articles reflecting various points of view and will let the reader determine the validity of views expressed therein.  — Mike Tully)

November 28, 2016 —Cyberbullying is poised to get a lot more attention over the next four years. Future First Lady Melania Trump says she’ll make combating internet bullies a priority during her husband’s administration. As a result of that pledge, many of Donald Trump’s critics have urged her to start at home, calling the president-elect one of the most high-profile offenders for his frequent Twitter rants against adversaries and reporters.

At a moment when many parents and school administrators are trying to deter internet bullying, at least one digital security expert called Mr. Trump’s online outbursts “a negative role model for America’s youth.”

But as educators, experts, and law enforcement agencies rush to try and thwart internet bullying, Nathan Fisk, a professor at the University of South Florida who studies the internet and youth culture, worries that some approaches may go too far. In his new book, “Framing Internet Safety: The Governance of Youth Online,” he argues that kids still need safe and unsupervised spaces on the internet to figure out the right and wrong ways to communicate – without the prying eyes of parents or school officials.

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Bullying rates remain higher for children with disabilities, even as they mature

More than 22 percent of children ages 12-18 say they have been bullied in school within the last month; a significant portion of those children have disabilities. However, little research exists on how bullying rates for individual children change over time. Now, a University of Missouri researcher and bullying expert has determined that children with disabilities are victimized by bullying at a much higher rate over time than their peers without disabilities. The study also revealed that this discrepancy in victimization and bullying perpetration rates remains consistent as children age. Chad Rose, an assistant professor of special education in the MU College of Education, says this indicates that children with disabilities are not developing adequate social skills to combat bullying as they mature.

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“Reinstate NALC Steward Angela” Protest At SF Against Workplace Bullying/Union Busting

Supporters of San Francisco NALC 214 Chief Steward Angela Bibb-Merritt rallied and spoke out on Wednesday November 16, 2016 at the 7th St. San Francisco Federal Building against her suspension and workplace bullying that she faced on the job. The postal managers have been harassing and suspending NALC shop stewards who are defending the membership. Postal workers are also being forced to work 12 to 15 hours threatening their health and safety. The postal management are seeking to privatize and turn the post office into an Amazon non-union operation with slave labor conditions with massive speed-up and no rights on the job. Also musician and retired postal worker Jimmy Kelly sang songs about Angela and labor issues in at the post office and in workers lives.

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Workplace stress, bullying costs Govt insurer $101m (AU)

And the worsening situation is just as grim in the private sector.

Figures revealed in today’s newspaper show the stress epidemic is a financial time bomb for employers.

While both public and private sector employers have seen a reduction in workers’ compensation claims for physical injuries in the past few years, stress claims continue to grow.

The issue is a major headache for employers because stress-related claimants are off work for much longer — on average 148 days — and the average cost per claim is almost double, at $73,895.

In just the past four years, the number of stress-related claims increased by 25 per cent.

In the same period, overall workers’ compensation claims fell by 17 per cent.

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Australia boy’s death reignites focus on LGBT bullying

The bullying started when Tyrone Unsworth was just beginning to understand he was gay. (Warning: Some readers may find some language in this article offensive.)

He ignored the taunts as best he could. His favourite saying was “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”.

But a month ago, Tyrone was involved in a violent clash – allegedly with another student – outside school. According to his mother, Tyrone required surgery after being hit in the jaw with a fence paling. The attack left him afraid to return to school.

Then last Tuesday, Tyrone took his own life. He was 13.

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