Bullying: It can be unlearned
Family members (parents, siblings, grandparents), and close friends play a key role in facilitating the prevention of bullying. They also provide children and other youth with coping skills needed to minimize the severity of a bullying experience.
Bullying can take many forms, such as: violence (hitting or punching) teasing, name calling, intimidation through gestures or facial expressions, social exclusion and sending insulting messages or pictures by mobile phone or the internet (cyberbullying).
General advice for parents is to follow these steps:
- Brush up on the modern forms of bullying that your child may be subjected to at school, on the playground and other places in the community.
- Use strategies to try to prevent bullying and help children deal with bullying experiences.
- Go to your local library or search online for useful materials that you can use to assist children in your family, school and community.
Adult Bullying in the Workplace
Bullying can be summarized as repeated hurtful or hostile actions intended to mistreat or control another that may be verbal or non-verbal and that decrease a person's perception of self-worth. This can and does frequently happen in the workplace.
One thing is clear: bullying is not a legitimate management style nor an appropriate way to treat subordinates or co-workers. Bullying undermines productivity in the workplace.
Examples of bullying include:
- repeated use of insults
- verbal conduct that a reasonable person would find threatening or humiliating
- sabotaging or undermining someone's work performance
- assigning tasks with impossible deadlines
- removing areas of responsibility and assigning trivial tasks instead
- taking credit for someone else's idea
- spreading rumors
- constantly undervaluing effort
- persistent non-constructive criticism
Most likely, you have seen or experienced workplace bullying. Imagine how it feels to your young child when it happens in school.