The horrors of bullying burst into the news again this week with the report of an 8-year-old Carroll County girl having her hair pulled so hard that her scalp ripped. Bullying has always been a major problem, but its prevalence appears to have increased with the growth of social media sites and the Internet, experts say. And it has not been an easy problem to solve.
A study published earlier this year in the Journal of Managerial Psychology reported that workplace bullying is prevalent. What’s worse, those bullies get ahead in the office and their careers: They get good performance reviews and achieve high levels of career success. Brandon Smith explains why and how to deal with a workplace bully.
Every adult who works in a school is now legally mandated to report bullying if he or she sees it. So educators want to make sure that they know how to spot the behavior — and how they should respond when they do.
Public school students and parents are seeing some changes this year in the way their schools handle bullying. That’s because of a law passed by the legislature last year that schools are now starting to put into practice.