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Bullying might seem like a playground issue, but the reality is it's a major problem in UK workplaces too. There are many types of bullying - from bosses unfairly dismissing employees via email to lin...
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Three boys have been suspended from school.
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The students were allegedly stripped naked and made to do rigorous physical activities for hours.
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"So why have you been sent here?" I ask the angry looking teenager who has just stormed into my room. "It's Jade! She told the teacher I was bullying her, I wasn't I just told her what I thought and...
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Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behaviour among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Kids...
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"I'm done with the U.S.," Zeeshan-ul-hassan Usmani's wife told him on Friday. Seeing her youngest son, just 7 years old, walk off the school bus bruised and battered that afternoon outside their apart...
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We have, for long, attributed issues like bullying to the West, when in fact, it has always been very real here as well. We refer to it as "toughening", a "learning experience", an outcome of raging hormones. We also tend to reinforce it by ignoring it, or worse, lashing out at the child enduring it - "Be tough, it's all part of growing up."
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Raunak Banerjee was scared of heights. On 29 June, 2016, the 14-year-old school boy threw himself off the 10th floor of his apartment in JP Nagar, Bengaluru, leaving behind a suicide note that alleged...
In the midst of all this martial ardour, a very sickening tradition, masquerading as part of the military ethos, had crept in. That was bullying. The seniors thought it their God-given right to hit juniors with hockey sticks at the slightest excuse, so much so that bones were broken on a fairly regular basis.
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I think the internet has helped create the perfect bullies or as we sometimes know them, trolls. The cyber-bully knows it all and may have intimate access to your life. A conversation shared in private can be put on public records, a statement made years ago under different circumstances can be misquoted. Or better yet, they can create some kind of a poster, a meme, a picture, or share an embarrassing video over the internet.
The colleague who misbehaves on a conference call and constantly demeans someone's ideas, the neighbour who talks in an offensive tone every time you meet her, the person who breaks into a queue and gets abusive when others complain about it or even a family member in your own home who is always disrespectful to others -- they all were infants once. They were all polite and well-behaved at one point of time.
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In my practice, I have often felt that even bullies need help. What we tend to forget or miss is that their behaviour, while aggressive, can also be a sign or plea for help. As parents and educators, how we choose to address the issue is what makes a difference; labelling a child as a bully can scar them for a lifetime as surely as their behaviour can scar others.
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Watching a child deal with bullying can be heartbreaking and frustrating for parents; we can't be with our kids every minute of every day to protect them. And in any case, the way to weather bullying is often within. But there are some steps parents can take to help kids avoid being bullied from the start, or help them deal with bullying once it begins.
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I think of myself as a compassionate person. But when I see another person hit out and bully someone I love, it is hard for me to feel empathy for them. In this blog I'd like to talk about how my younger son (now 8), who has faced a lot of bullying for different reasons, handled a recent challenge and taught me something really valuable.
My daughter Pihu's first day at a nearby day care centre was a disaster. The teacher could not handle her crying, my number was not reachable and by the time I arrived, the clueless teacher shouted at her. My girl fell into my arms, crying. "I want to go home," she said between sobs. This incident took me back to the time when I was a timid 8-year-old girl who'd get bullied almost every day and was once mercilessly battered by a teacher in primary school.