By definition, bullying is either mental or physical, occurs repeatedly and is a conscious attempt to harm another person. More specifically, direct bullying includes teasing, taunting, threatening and hitting. Indirect bullying includes spreading rumors, intentionally excluding or socially isolating someone.
Every day, more than 160,000 children nationwide stay home from school to avoid bullying. Up to one-third of the nation’s students are bullied during the academic year, and more than 60 percent witness bullying daily. Bullying is viewed by many as a part of growing up—and that mindset leads to tolerance and apathy which could lead to devastating or tragic results.
Bullying is not only an issue in schools. One in every six people in the workforce has experienced workplace bullying. Yet an unclear definition, victim isolation, and the status of the bully cause workplace bullying to be overlooked or unreported. Workplace bullying can manifest as a tendency to use aggressive or unreasonable behavior towards a person or group of persons within an organization. A workplace bully may also repeatedly mistreat a fellow employee with malicious intent, humiliation, intimidation and sabotage of performance.
Administrators, faculty, staff and business leaders can prevent bullying in their schools, colleges, universities and companies by encouraging their students/employees to use the following tips:
In the Workplace
*Talk to colleagues to see if there is a witness or if there is someone else that has experienced bullying/harassment.
*If you can, explain your discomfort. The person may not be aware.
*Discuss it with someone you trust.
In the Schools
*Tell parent or teacher immediately.
*Do not retaliate.
*Respond firmly or walk away.
Wingspan CEO, Priscilla Dames specializes in strengthening relationships through conflict resolution. She is a certified mediator, and a member of the national and Florida state crisis teams. Ms. Dames is also a Nationally Certified Crisis Trainer, Educator, and child and community activist with over twenty years of rich and varied experience. Five years ago she founded Wingspan Seminars, which provides training for the prevention and intervention of conflict and diversity. For more tips on bullying awareness, or inquiries on how to schedule a Wingspan Seminar, please call 1-877-255-1039.
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