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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Tall Poppies: Bullying behaviours faced by Australian High Performance School-Age Athletes

Recent Research has found that Australian school-age female athletes are bullied by their peers because of their sporting successes. Twelve high performance athletes were interviewed as part of a larger study involving nineteen current or former national and international Australian school-age athletes. Interviews focused on how these students balanced their commitments to school and their sport but did not include any questions on bullying. Independently all female participants reported experiencing …

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Workplace Bullying: A New Trend or an Old Problem Gaining Attention?

By Judith Lindenberger, President, The Lindenberger Group. “One office bully will email me and our boss and ask what they should do, excluding me. The other bully’s tactics are so subtle I can’t put my finger on it. The two bullies whisper in front of me and certain words are said in a heightened tone.” If you have experienced similar behavior, you’re not alone. The Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) reports that “35% …

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Parent perspectives on bullying in schools

Prof Kenneth Rigby, Adjunct professor University of South Australia. According to a recent government-funded survey of 167 Australian parents with children attending school, 50% reported that their child had been bullied; of these 80% reported that their children had been upset by the experience; and 30% that their child had stayed away from school as a consequence (Rigby and Johnson, 2016). Not surprisingly, the parents of bullied children tend to …

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