Workplace bullying: The importance of periodic survey data

The Workplace Bullying Institute’s scientific public surveys about the prevalence and nature of workplace bullying in America have been one of the most useful sets of statistical data about this form of mistreatment. Done in partnership with major international polling firm, WBI’s 2014, 2010, and 2007 surveys have been widely cited by the media and by researchers. Advocates for the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill also cite survey results to lawmakers.

WBI is planning a national survey for 2017 and is conducting a crowdfunding campaign to raise monies to cover some of the costs.

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State Department of Education: Intervention is slowing down bullying in schools

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) — New data on bullying is giving hope to Idaho educators.

“It’s hard to have great schools when students don’t feel safe,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sherri Ybarra. “It affects their academics, it affects their emotional well being.”

Which is why Ybarra says she’s made it a top priority to promote bullying awareness. She encourages training parents, staff and students to recognize bullying and provide the tools necessary to stop it.

One of those tools is requiring districts and charter schools to report bullying incidents at the end of each school year. The department hopes this will provide a snap shot of how many students are being bullied, and if intervention is working.

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Types of workplace bullying and potential legal protections in the U.S.

Last year, counselor Rosemary K.M. Sword and noted psychologist Philip Zimbardo wrote up a nice little summary about the types of bullying that one might encounter in our society, including workplaces, for their Psychology Today blog, Time Cure. I’d like to take a quick look at those categories and then briefly discuss what potential legal protections may be available in cases of bullying at work.

Sword and Zimbardo identified six basic categories of bullying, while recognizing that these forms may overlap:

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How to Prevent Cyberbullying: Hands Off the Keyboard Until You’re Calm!

(NOTE:  This article includes helpful advice from my friend and colleague, Nancy Willard.  — Mike Tully)

Kids have been bullying each other for generations. With the introduction of technology, however, the current generation of teenagers has the ability to expand the reach and extent of their harm. This phenomenon is being called cyberbullying, which has been defined as willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of communication technologies including text messages, instant messaging, social media, video uploading sites, and even video games. As with traditional bullying, parents and educators are now faced with a new and pressing issue: how to prevent cyberbullying and teach kids to be kind to each other online instead.

According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, 25 percent of teens admit that they have been cyberbullied at some point in their lifetimes. About 17 percent admitted to cyberbullying others. As for middle-school students, 12 percent admitted they had been cyberbullied, while 4 percent said they had cyberbullied others within the previous 30 days.

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Trudeau says government serious about eliminating workplace harassment, including in the RCMP

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is endorsing the Mounties’ controversial efforts to tackle an endemic problem of workplace harassment. But the prime minister stopped short of directly stating full confidence in the Mounties’ top commanding officer.

In the wake of a scathing court ruling this week about the RCMP’s “outrageous” harassment and bullying of one of its own members, Sgt. Peter Merrifield, Trudeau was asked if he still had confidence in RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson.

“I, uh, we all, ah, are agreed, including Commissioner Paulson, but certainly everyone in this government that harassment is unacceptable and whether it be in the Canadian Armed Forces or within the RCMP or even within Parliament, I have shown zero-tolerance for harassment and sexual assault,” Trudeau said Thursday at a news conference at the naval base in Esquimault, B.C.

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Kenyans react to bullying at Alliance High

Kenyans on the Internet were horrified after details leading to the early retirement of a principal in one of the country’s leading schools emerged.

The brutal stories of bullying and mistreatment of Form One students at the Alliance High School have left many with a bitter taste in their mouths and they have posted different reactions social media after photos of one of the victims became public.

Many feel that the punishment meted out against the principal was too lenient and more action should be taken to curb the vice.

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Report: Russian teenagers committing suicide in ‘bizarre social media’ game (Warning – Fake News)

(What’s another fake news story in this era? I include this article because a local contact reported to a news group I belong to that it’s a fabrication, invented by Russian authorities and repeated by State-controlled media in May of 2016.  The goal is apparently to generate fear of the Internet that leads to support for increased governmental control and censorship.  But there is no statistical support for the allegations and Russian authorities have only arrested one individual, who has not gone to trial because of insufficient evidence.  But, in case this Russian meme heads your way, you will know it’s bogus. — Mike Tully)

Police in Russia are looking into a flurry of teenage suicide attempts amid panic that teens may have been manipulated by sinister social media groups, reports say.

Local media has cited findings that suggest such attempts are linked to a dark online phenomenon called “Blue Whale” — a game that allegedly asks teens to complete tasks that inflict self harm, like cutting themselves and carving symbols into their skin.

The tasks are said to lead to the final level on day 50, in which teens involved in the game are asked to kill themselves.

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Two transgender women were killed in New Orleans in 48 hours

(CNN)New Orleans’ transgender community is on edge after two transgender women were murdered within 48 hours of each other.

Chyna Gibson was gunned down Saturday night, while the second woman was found with multiple stab wounds Monday morning, CNN affiliate WDSU reported.

No arrests have yet been made in the cases, which police say appear to be unrelated, but transgender activist Daphanie Dupree told WDSU the situation was scary.

“It’s scary because like a lot of the girls in New Orleans, they’re walking around like zombies, you know they have this little hidden fear that’s inside them to even go anywhere and I hear a lot of them talking about like ‘oh, I’m going to carry a gun,” Dupree said.

“It’s very heartbreaking and it’s scary because it’s too close to home, I mean it could happen to any of us but I’m like — we hang in the same circles, we hang in the same area just like it happened to them it could happen to me.”

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App lets students make anonymous reports about bullying, unsafe behaviour (Canada)

Reporting a bullying incident will soon be almost as simple as sending a text message for students in Toronto’s Catholic school board.

Starting Wednesday, about 30,000 teenagers at the board’s 32 high schools can use a smartphone app to report bullying, cyberbullying, threats, concerns about a classmate’s self-harming behaviour or other safety issues. And they don’t have to identify themselves.

The Anonymous Alerts app “is another tool for students in those situations where people don’t feel comfortable reporting in person,” says Nadia Adragna, a high school principal and member of the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s safe schools department.

“We’re a 21st-century board. We wanted to offer another tool that is familiar to students . . . that they can access to promote a positive school climate.”

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Cyber-bullying cases doubled this year, middle school official says (Iowa)

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Alexis Kirk, 11, was about to go to bed one night when her phone started buzzing incessantly.

Someone had added her to a group chat on Facebook Messenger, to which her peers were posting insults about a friend.

Alexis showed the phone to her mom, Angie Kirk.

“I read it and I got on (her Facebook) and I typed ‘This is Alexis’ mom and I highly suggest that every one of you get to bed right now cause I’m getting a hold of your parents,’” Angie said.

Angie called the vice principal of West Middle School and the mother of the girl who was being bullied.

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