Here’s How Instagram Will Use AI To Take On Its Bullying Problem

Instagram is rolling out a comment-filtering technology today that will automatically hide bullying comments on the social network. The Facebook-owned network first announced the concept last year, saying it had been training a tool to detect and suppress “offensive and spammy” comments in at least nine languages. The filter, powered by machine learning, is turned on by default, but users can opt out to let comments people leave on their posts go unfiltered. They …

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What makes someone more likely to be bullied at work and how companies can help them

Being bullied as a child, being female, young, and neurotic are significant predictors of whether you might be bullied in the workplace, our online anonymous survey shows. Our team investigated the personality traits and coping styles of workplace bullying victims which might contribute to their victimisation. Neuroticism is defined as a vulnerability to negative mood states such as excessive worrying, anxiety, anger, hostility, self-consciousness, and difficulty coping with stress. Destructive behaviours such as …

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The Effects on Mind and Body of Bullying in the Workplace

The boss humiliates you in a meeting before your co-workers. Your secretary gossips about you in the lunchroom spreading rumours about calls you receive. Your co-worker deliberately withholds crucial information that you needed to successfully complete a project. All of these are forms of workplace bullying, which is itself one of several types of workplace violence. And it’s not just you. The International Labor Organisation says workplace bullying has become …

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What If…? Creating Cultural Shifts in Our Understanding of Bullying

While we continue to make gradual progress in reducing bullying rates through increased social awareness, reduced stigma, and willingness to speak openly about long term effects, the belief remains that bullying is a part of life that we can’t eradicate altogether. As such, the majority of research focuses on risk factors, personality traits, understanding perpetrators, treating victims and minimising the impact of bullying, with a limited number of solutions aimed …

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Managing bullying, stress management and well-being in the school workplace.

As the principal of a small rural school in New Zealand I have learnt many lessons about managing bullying, stress management and well-being in the school workplace for both staff and students. As we become more bound by Health and Safety legislation and develop our awareness of the mental health, safety and well-being of staff this has become increasingly important. My personal story includes: Developing a shared understanding of the …

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School Bullying Procedures – A Headmaster’s Perspective

Mr David Carroll Deputy Headmaster – Students, Brisbane Grammar School. I have been fortunate to hold a leadership in the student well-being portfolio in a variety of boys’ schools throughout my career. Each school has afforded me the opportunity to grow professionally, as I have been able to identify similarities and differences between all of the schools and use the combination of these to assist students in each of the …

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Self–Love, An Intrinsic Antidote to Bullying.    

Bullying may emotionally hurt people, however bullying does not have the power to determine people’s identity, self-love and mental health. This is a critical mental health distinction. People who use external criteria (Outside-In) for determining their identity, self-love and mental health become and remain emotionally dependent because they have built their emotional lives on their external criteria, and thus their identity and self-love is determined by their conditioning and /or …

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Failure to Respond to Employee Complaints of Abrasive Management Proves Costly

Victorian Supreme Court awards $625K, finds a failure to act breached duty of care Many managers struggle to respond adequately when an employee makes complaints about another’s conduct. This failure can be costly for all the individuals involved and ultimately for the organisation. A recent decision by the Supreme Court of Victoria awarding an employee $625,000 highlights an employer’s duty of care in responding to an employee’s complaints. Justice John …

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Tears of Bullying in Health Services

Don Kane MB BS (UQ) FRACP FCCP Chairman, Health Professionals Australia Reform Association A drift away from ethical and professional behaviour in all professions has occurred. Collaborative, and cooperative competition has been displaced. Focus has shifted from satisfaction and pride in work to personal enmity, jealousy and financial reward. Collaborative and cooperative competition is replaced when colleagues lodge vexatious complaints against individuals who have superior skills. A major problem with …

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Focus On Love and Young People Will Change Their Defensive Behaviours

You learn a lot listening to people’s stories. We don’t do much of it in our society; the more I facilitate the more I see our destructive societal patterns play out. I watch how people listen, just so they have their own opportunities to speak. It used to be something that would upset, or anger me; why do we all have to be so innately selfish? The more I worked, …

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