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Bullying: Recognizing It, Taking Action, And Moving On

Over the last decade or so, bullying, wherever it occurs is receiving more and more attention, and that's a good thing.

It's a complicated area, because it's very hard to come to an objective and fair definition of the term, since bullying is often defined and experienced by the person being "bullied".

We now recognize the very negative effects of bullying on children and adults, and that long term bullying can have permanent or extreme effects on many of us.

Because it's a complex area, you'll find this section to be one of the largest on our site.

Below you'll find a number of valuable resources regarding the issue -- what it is, why it's hard to stop, what to do if you are bullied, and what organizations can and should be doing to create anti-bullying cultures.


The Anti-Bullying Resource Library

  • Get Rid Of Bullies In The Workplace

    By Anita Bruzzese - If you thought you left bullies behind on the schoolyard, think again. That boss who dogs your trail, criticizing your every move despite your good performance record, is a bully. And the co-worker who works to humiliate you, to demean you in front of others -- nothing more than a bully. (Added: 3-Feb-2004 Hits: 651 )
  • Are Workplace Bullies Sabotaging Your Ability to Compete?

    By Linnea McCord - To succeed in this economic environment, organizations must be able to inspire all levels of employees to be innovative or risk being overtaken by more nimble and creative competitors. In such an environment, one of the surest ways for an organization to fail is to tolerate workplace bullying. Bullies not only stifle productivity and innovation throughout the organization, they most often target an organization's best employees, because it is precisely those employees who are the most threatening to bullies. As a result, enterprises are robbed of their most important asset in today's competitive economic environment - precious human capital. (Added: 28-Jan-2006 Hits: 724 )
  • School bullies and bullying at school

    By n/a - Worried about going back to school? Worried about school bullying? Intimidation, threats, taunting, violence? Recently there's been much increased awareness of bullying in schools and whilst it may appear that bullying is on the increase, I suspect there's been little change in the amount of bullying that goes on in school. What has changed is that society is at last beginning to recognise just how vile bullying is and that the myths and misperceptions are just that (Added: 3-Feb-2004 Hits: 687 )
  • Television Viewing And Aggression

    By n a - "The increasing number of veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) raises the risk of domestic violence and its consequences on families and children in communities across the United States," says Monica Matthieu, Ph.D., an expert on veteran mental health and an assistant professor of social work at Washington University in St. Louis. (Added: 17-Nov-2008 Hits: 1691 )
  • BBC NEWS Workplace bullying: A growing problem

    By BBC - This BBC article provides some statistics on workplace bullying and suggests that the real issue is the amount of subtle, and insidious bullying in the workplace. (Added: 13-Jul-2004 Hits: 874 )
  • Bullying and Your Child

    By n/a - Childhood should be a time filled with wonder and joy, but the reality for many kids is often much different. They're the victims of bullying at school or on neighborhood playgrounds. (Added: 2-Feb-2004 Hits: 922 )
  • Developing A Policy To Deal With Bullying At Work

    By n a - All sensible employers have a policy on harassment and discrimination. A policy protects both employees and the employer. The motivation is twofold: to provide an atmosphere in which employees can fulfil the duties and obligations of their contract free from harassment, discrimination, victimisation and scapegoating, and to comply with UK and European law, specifically, the Sex Discrimination Act (1975), the Race Relations Act (1976), and the Disability Discrimination Act (1996), and Employment Law including the latest Employment Equality Regulations (2005). (Added: 7-Feb-2006 Hits: 1423 )
  • When To Terrorize The Talen - Fear and management -

    By NA - an article in The Economist examines bullying bosses in the wake of encounters between Manchester United's David Beckham and New York Yankee's baseball star Derek Jeter and their respective bosses Sir Alex Ferguson and George Steinbrenner (Added: 15-Jan-2004 Hits: 644 )
  • BBC NEWS How to combat workplace bullies

    By BBC - This BBC article explores how people can combat bullying in the workplace in the event that there is no relevant anti bullying legislation in place. (Added: 13-Jul-2004 Hits: 923 )
  • Bullying Widespread in U.S. Schools

    By NA - Bullying is widespread in American schools, with more than 16 percent of U.S. school children saying they had been bullied by other students during the current term, according to a survey funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). (Added: 15-Jan-2004 Hits: 720 )
  • On Beating Bullies

    By Michael Jacobs - Interesting take on how bullying can be dealt with, with the idea that being vindictive and naming and shaming may be counter-productive. (Added: 8-Sep-2015 Hits: 531 )
  • Girl bullies don't leave black eyes, just agony

    By Jane Elizabeth - ERIE -- To most adults, the typical school bully is the beefy kid who knocks the books out of the hands of the bespectacled ninth-grader in the hallway, or the hulking football player who tosses the swim team member into the shower stall. Ophelia Project volunteer Stacey Alex, right, plays the aggressor in a skit with, from left, Laura Audet, April Clark and Ellen Anderson, all McDowell High School seniors and project volunteers. The Ophelia Project, based in Erie, is one of the few anti-bully programs for girls in the country. (Martha Rial, Post-Gazette) But in the world of adolescent girls, the school bully wears glitter fingernail polish. (Added: 4-Feb-2004 Hits: 820 )
  • Bullies Push Their Victims To Suicide

    By Caroline Alphonso - The cases of two B.C. 14-year-olds show school harassment can become a matter of life and death, Dawn-Marie Wesley was so afraid of being beaten up that suicide seemed like her only escape. "If I try to get help, it will get worse," she wrote in her suicide note to her family. "They are always looking for a new person to beat up and they are the toughest girls. If I ratted, they would get suspended and there would be no stopping them. I love you all so much." (Added: 4-Feb-2004 Hits: 588 )
  • Bust Workplace Bullies And Clear Conflict In Three Essential Steps

    By Christine Commaford - The VP of Finance constantly interrupts and actively prevents others from speaking in meetings. A Managing Director at a financial services firm publicly trashes another Director's new strategy, tearing it apart. The lead software engineer makes snide remarks about the product development process during team meetings. He publicly denounces the marketing team too. What do these three have in common? They're bullies. Bullies are scary, shocking, embarrassing and far too often tolerated in the workplace. Why? Because we don't want to have to deal with them, we don't want the attack, the conflict, the discomfort. (Added: 13-Mar-2014 Hits: 765 )
  • Workplace Bullying Is On The Rise: 5 Verbal Self Defense Tips You Can Use To Beat The Office Bully

    By Debbie Jenkins - According to Unison (the public sector union), reports of bullying have doubled in the past ten years. Their survey of 7,000 workers found that more than one in three people had been victims of bullying in the past six months. Dr Daniel Scott, author of 'Verbal Self Defense in The Workplace', says: "With the current financial climate, extra pressure has been put on managers and workers to get results. This has led to more aggressive targets, increased pressure, more criticism of co-workers and a very real concern for job security." PS. You should know that this doesn't necessarily mean more bullying is happening, but only more is reported. (Added: 1-Feb-2010 Hits: 1728 )
  • Children Who Bully Also Have Problems With Other Relationships

    By n a - Students who bully others tend to have difficulties with other relationships, such as those with friends and parents. Targeting those relationships, as well as the problems children who bully have with aggression and morality, may offer ideas for intervention and prevention. (Added: 17-Nov-2008 Hits: 1419 )
  • New Approach To Combating Bullies

    By n/a - CBS) An Oregon school bus camera captured bullies in action, each blow a direct hit to the victim's self-esteem. A Connecticut seventh grader was mercilessly tormented at school. He hung himself in a closet. (Added: 3-Feb-2004 Hits: 750 )
  • On Beating Bullies

    By Michael Jacobs - I did some work recently for a large government department who've instituted a 'zero-tolerance' policy in regards bullying and discrimination. Their intentions are commendable. Intention is one thing, enforcement another. There is a strong feeling in the organisation that any identified bully should be hung, drawn and quartered. Ideally, the perpetrator would be amongst the ranks of senior management, so as to demonstrate the absolute seriousness of the policy. (Added: 11-Mar-2014 Hits: 710 )
  • Bullying rampant in U.S. middle schools

    By n/a - CHICAGO (CNN) -- Four out of five middle school students say that they act like bullies at least once a month, according to a new study that found such aggressive behavior to be more common than previously thought. (Added: 3-Feb-2004 Hits: 662 )
  • Bullies - Who's A Target?

    By n/a - Do you feel like you have a big target on your forehead, or maybe a sign on your back that says "Bully Me!" You're not alone. People who do research about bullies found that roughly 25% (that's 1 out of 4) kids experience bullying. (Added: 3-Feb-2004 Hits: 791 )
  • Students Send A Message To Bullies

    By Irene Sege - Students send a message to bullies: Don't be cruel Peer pressure, education are part of program MARLBOROUGH -- Nineteen students crowd into their middle school's library conference room, boys well into their growth spurts and others barely begun, one girl in braces and pigtails, another in braces and eye shadow. Whether they jostle to be heard or nod from the sidelines, they are, by virtue of youth and culture, experts on the subject under discussion, which is bullying. (Added: 3-Feb-2004 Hits: 703 )
  • Handle Workplace Bullies

    By Ash Karbasfrooshan - Bullies, Tyrants & Impossible People: How To Beat Them Without Joining Them," written by Ronald M. Shapiro and Mark A. Jankowski, proposes a four-step plan for resolving conflicts and defusing trouble -- and provides a new definition to the word "nice (Added: 21-Jan-2006 Hits: 1049 )
  • Bullies Who Kill - Brandon's Story

    By n/a - Brandon's Story As told by his mother Cathy I have tried to write this message for three days and have not been able to complete it-- maybe today. I have a lot to say and this is a very painful and emotional subject for me. While my heart goes out to the victims of these school shootings-- my life has been devastated by a different type of crime that is happening in our schools. (Added: 4-Feb-2004 Hits: 1220 )
  • Natural Born Bullies

    By Robin Grille - The media attention given recently to the phenomenon of bullying in schools, is truly a cause for celebration. Finally our world has begun to take seriously the plight of children: the most powerless sector of the community. Initiatives under way in schools are designed to intervene by identifying bullies and their victims, and then providing counseling and education in more effective social skills. Programs have been developed to teach school bullies alternative behaviors, impulse control, conflict resolution and negotiation skills. The victims of bullying are offered support, protection, and trained in assertiveness wherever practicable (Added: 4-Feb-2004 Hits: 663 )
  • Teaching children not to be -- or be victims of -- bullies

    By n/a - Parents and teachers are sometimes reluctant to intervene in conflicts between young children. They don't want to see children harm or ridicule one another, but they want to encourage children to learn how to work out problems for themselves. In such cases, adults have a responsibility to stop violence or aggression in the classroom or at home -- both for children who demonstrate harmful behavior and for all other children. We can teach children not to take part in -- or become victims of -- bullying. (Added: 3-Feb-2004 Hits: 622 )
  • Bullies often Mr Popular at school

    By n/a - Contrary to popular opinion, school bullies do not suffer from low self-esteem and are often popular and considered "cool" by their classmates, a new study has found. (Added: 3-Feb-2004 Hits: 707 )
  • Act dignified

    By na - You are accountable for your actions. If you're asked to do something illegal or unethical, look beyond the immediate impact. Behave in a dignified, self-respecting manner, with integrity and pride. To keep your dignity intact, you need to be able to look yourself in the mirror and know you've acted in good conscience to the best of your ability. At the end of each day, you'll have a sense of accomplishment and the feeling of a job well done. (Added: 21-Jan-2006 Hits: 863 )
  • Victim of school bullies awarded $75,000

    By Rachel Carbonell - A young woman awarded almost $75,000 by a Melbourne court in compensation for schoolyard bullying, says the practice is still rampant in Australian schoolyards and not enough is being done to address the problem. (Added: 3-Feb-2004 Hits: 496 )
  • Not all young bullies are boys

    By Deborah Bach - Not all young bullies are boys Girls' aggressive behavior can be deeply wounding, author says Rachel Simmons, author of two books on female bullying, has a confession to make -- she was once a bully herself. (Added: 3-Feb-2004 Hits: 677 )

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