A Cyber Bullying Survival Guide from parenting and relationship expert Margaret Ross
“Cyber bullying behaviors are growing like a pandemic on the Internet. This behavior is a proven source of peace of mind pollution. Nearly half of American tweens and teens are being impacted by it. Plus, the behavior is surging in the adult workplace and in younger elementary aged children.
As children's computer skills begin at younger ages, so do their cyber bullying behaviors. These behaviors are also rampant in the workplace, technology enabled rude, ridiculing behavior abounds.
Definition Cyber bullying – Internet or Cyber Bullying is the use of Internet e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, or other forms of information technology to deliberately and repeatedly hurt, taunt, ridicule, threaten or intimidate someone”, says Margaret Ross, Kamaron Institute
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“The common stereotype of a bullied person is someone who is weak, socially isolated, or a loner. On the contrary, the adult target chosen by an adult bully, his will very often be a capable staff member well liked by co-workers.Adult Bully - Adult bullies, like their schoolyard counterparts, tend to be insecure people with poor social skills and little empathy. They turn this insecurity outwards, finding satisfaction in their ability to attack and diminish the capable people around them”, states Ross.
Recent research found that Adult Bullies often pick on people with an ability to cooperate and a non-confrontational interpersonal style. The bully considers their capability a threat, and determines to cut them down. Bullying is about control. A workplace bully subjects his or her target to unjustified criticism and trivial fault-finding. In addition, he or she humiliates the target, especially in front of others, and ignores, overrules, isolates and excludes or shuns the target.
At Kamaron Institute, we define workplace bullying as repeated, health-impairing behaviors such as, includes, verbal abuse, work interference, work dumping, shunning, gossip, cyber bullying and conduct that is threatening, humiliating or intimidating. Studies show that as many as 45 percent of American workers have experienced some form of harassment or abusive treatment during their careers.
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“Bullying words are blight on life impacting most adults and every school-age child. Bullying behaviors can be physical, verbal/or and social.
“Every school day half of our children step off a bus where bullying happened. Bullying words that taunt tease ridicule and hurt then also pollute the entire educational environment causing problems over half of Elementary Students and for 8 out of 10 secondary students and students and staff,” states Margaret Ross.
“The Kamaron Institute bullying prevention program for school environments focuses on teaching school staff the skills to increase (1) Kindness, (2) Cooperation and (3) Decrease Bullying behaviors.
- 50% decrease in office discipline referrals
- Days and weeks of regained teaching time
- Name-calling bullying decreases 60%
- Kindness and cooperation doubles
- Plus, correct implementation delivers more classroom teaching time, without adding a single second to the school day.
It’s all about the power of words. Words can hurt Words can also help.
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