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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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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Cyberbullying Perpetration in Tertiary Students

Authors: Helen Lianos and Dr Andrew McGrath.. Cyberbullying perpetration has been researched extensively in adolescent samples, however data in young adult tertiary students is scarce. This study explored variables which predict cyberbullying perpetration defined as, the use of technology at least once to intentionally harm another who has difficulty defending themselves. This quantitative study utilised a cross-sectional analysis of 320 international tertiary students’ self-reported data, collected via an online questionnaire. …

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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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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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Being bullied as a kid makes you twice as likely to be an overweight adult

We know that being called names in the playground takes an enormous toll on your mental health – but it can directly affect your waistline, too. New research from the King’s College, London has found that children who are bullied at school are almost twice as likely to be overweight by the time they hit the age of 18. You might assume that those who were bullied as kids were …

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Submit your abstract for the National No 2 Bullying Conference

The theme ‘Creating a generational change towards bullying: principle and practice’ will highlight the importance and impact of learning life skills in younger years to effectively deal with, and combat bullying, enabling the application of these skills into future working life.  The focus is on ‘lessons learned’ as a platform for preventing repeated behaviour while developing ongoing strategies within schools, workplaces and across the sectors. The Program will feature presentations …

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Early Bird Registration closing this weekend

Early bird registration closes this Saturday 1st March for the No 2 Bullying Conference on the Gold Coast from the 6th — 8th April 2014. Register and make payment via the conference website http://www.no2bullying.org.au to secure these special rates. Over 60 presenters will address topics such as School Bullying, Workplace Bullying, Cyber Bullying, the Law along with Parenting and Family Influence. There is also an option to choose from 8 …

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