Made by Raffi: Bullying is Not OK

Made by Raffi by Craig Pomranz and Margaret Chamberlain
Made by Raffi is a beautifully illustrated book with an important message. Bullying is not okay and the results on/for a child can be devastating. In this book there is a young boy who is ‘different’ and participates in activities that are different from his peers. He likes to read, is introverted, and enjoys knitting and sewing.

His peers make fun of him, call him names, and exclude him from activities. As the story progresses, Raffi’s differences no longer matter and his peers accept him for who he is. This is as it should be….

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#Bullying, #CraigPomranz, #MadeByRaffi, #MargaretChamberlain, #Youth

Don’t Mess with a Jedi Master

A not so long time ago, in a galaxy not too far away…five adult bullies decided to take a golf club and beat up on a young adult male with a cane. Clearly, these aggressors thought of the young man as an easy target. They stalked him after his college class to an empty parking lot. The motives for this beating were unclear. Clarity did come to these perpetrators of violence though. You see their perceived pray is the instructor or should I say Jedi Master, of our light sabering group. …

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#Bullying, #Disability, #Technology

Bullied out of life

I can only tell you of my own experience, over most of my life, at the sharp end of bullying – group bullying, family bullying, religious bullying, social bullying, workplace bullying, bullying within the LGBTI community, and within the commercial gay scene in Dublin.
I now live in the UK but was raised ……

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#Bullying, #LGBTQ

Flaming trolls, mobbing and online abuse

Anyone who has ventured into the world of the internet on any seriously contentious issue knows about flamers, trolls and bullies. They act badly and project an image of self-justification and…well…sometimes just a little dash of heroism. Fundamentalist zeal on particular issues seems to make it ok (at least in the mind of the bully) to behave in ways that are not acceptable on or off-line. …

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#Abuse, #Bullying, #Cyberbullying

Bullying In The Workplace

Do you have a person in your workplace that you dread running into during the day? Do you find yourself looking over your shoulder, taking precaution to walk around with other staff, feeling sick to your stomach just walking to your car at the end of the day; and all because you’re living in fear of a fellow employee?…

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#Bullying, #MentalHealth, #Work, #WorkplaceBully

School Shootings and Possible Causes

Every time there is a school shooting, I am asked by at least three people “what leads to that type of thing?” or “why would someone do that?”.  I tend to try and say something along the lines of “it is hard to say”, but since they know I am a social worker with a private practice the person often expects an answer with more substance.

The truth of the matter is that there are any number of reasons that a school shooting may occur.  It is easy to blame to most obvious causes for childhood distress such as, problems with school and/or teachers or the go to catch-all of mental illness? Of course it can be any number of other factors, but it is prudent to look at these and one other as possible causes….

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#Bullying, #Editorial, #Education, #MentalHealth, #SchoolShooting

Workplace Bullying or Worker Abuse?

Bullying is a busy term, and people use it to describe all sorts of behaviour between all sorts of people in all sorts of situations. It is spread very thin, but at the same time does not convey enough about the operation of power, obscuring direction in hierarchical structures, and blurring distinctions ……

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#Bullying, #WorkPlaceBullying