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Although bullying at the workplace has always been a big problem over the years, it has taken a worse form with the today’s growing technology. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey of US-based full-time employees, about 28% were bullying victims and 18% of them have left their job because of bullying.

In most bullying cases, victims don’t take any harsh steps to stop bullying as they have a fear of attack, conflict, discomfort and the fear of job security. But, till when? It’s time to stop bullying and we don’t need it to thrive in the workplace, at least.

Here is a list of suggestions which every organization needs to work on to stop bullying:

  • Initially, the employers need to introduce an anti-bullying program. Doing this might stop bullying to some extent as the culprits will have a fear of termination.

  • Training sessions should be conducted once or twice a year to spread awareness among every employee regarding bullying and its long-term consequences.

  • If there is a case of workplace bullying, the employer of the organization has a responsibility to take bullying reports seriously. You can also take strict actions against the culprit if needed.

  • Organizations can also launch a toll-free number to address bullying victims, in case the victim doesn’t want to talk about it in office premises.

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The Philadelphia School District has had 40 schools close in the city. Students were relocated to schools in different neighborhoods, which caused numerous incidents of teen violence and bullying. The worst case took place at William C. Bryant Elementary School in West Philadelphia.

A nine-year-old transfer student was terrorized by his classmates so severely that he attempted suicide more than once and he even prayed to God that his life is taken. The boy was repeatedly attacked while attending school. He was also sexually assaulted in the bathroom. The three classmates who did this were charged with attempted rape, indecent assault, and unlawful restraint.

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Coming up with a successful plan to stop bullying has proven difficult. Some say that bullying should not be a law enforcement issue. None of the state laws offer the resources to implement effective bullying prevention programs. Making a statement that bullying is unacceptable is good, but the schools need money to make the programs work.

In some cases, lawmakers are merely passing legislation for the sake of showing their communities that they are concerned about bullying. Also, persistent harassment affects a relatively small number of students. The vast majority of students who said they had been bullied said that it happened once or twice during the school year.

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There are many types of bullying, which includes physical harassment, hitting, kicking, pushing, or damaging property. Verbal bullying includes name calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, homophobic or racist remarks. Social bullying involves leaving someone out or excluding someone on purpose or humiliating them. Cyberbullying is a type of bullying or harassment by using electric means.

Cyberbullying is known as online bullying, which has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers. Sexual bullying is a type of bullying that occurs in connection with a person's sex, body, sexual orientation or sexual activity. Prejudicial harassment is based on bullying people of different races, religions, or even sexual orientation.

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In September 2011, the state of New Jersey enforced the most stringent bullying law in the country. Each school had to report each case of bullying to the state. The state then grades each school based on bullying standards, policies, and incidents. The California Safe place to learn act is a law against bullying. There is a plan in place if the harassment does occur.

The Michigan Compiled Laws Chapter 380 section 131ob addresses bullying. Under this law, bullying is seen as an act that intends to harm one or more students indirectly. Massachusetts General Laws chapter 71, section 370, covers harassment in schools. Every state in the US has passed rulings that are designed to combat and hopefully eliminate bullying in schools.

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Bullying is unwanted or aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is usually repeated over time. The person who is bullied often feels rejected, lonely, humiliated, and helpless. Kids who are bullied may be too afraid to go to school. They may also suffer academically. They can also suffer from mental health issues.

They could also have eating and sleeping disorders. They may also lose enthusiasm for activities they once enjoyed. There are also reports that children have hurt themselves, and even committed suicide because of being bullied. Kids who are bullied may end up needing to seek psychological help and sometimes even medication.

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Early intervention and effective discipline and boundaries are genuinely the best way to stop bullying. There is also counseling, either by peers, a school counselor, teachers, or the principal. Also, it is essential to have a clear-cut definition of what bullying is because when teasing crosses, the line, it becomes bullying. Parental awareness is also crucial when it comes to putting a stop to bullying.

Parental awareness is also important when it comes to putting a stop to bullying. Also, rules that involve bullying behaviors need to be addressed and understood. Schools should also ask local mental health professionals to speak to students about bullying behaviors and how it directly affects the victims. Schools need to make sure that there is sufficient adult supervision.

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Talk to someone you trust, such as a teacher, a parent, a friend, or family member. Realize that it is not your fault. Also, it may help you to keep a journal and write down everything the bullies have done or said to you, and write down how you feel. Read your feelings to a therapist or someone you can trust. You could also telephone Childline, which is a toll-free number.

Their helpers provide an undisclosed counseling service for young people who have been bullied or hurt or are thinking of hurting themselves. Also, never believe the lies that bullies tell you. They only want to make you intimidated. If someone is being bullied, keep all evidence of the bullying, which includes messages, posts, comments, etc.

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Stay as close to the person as you can and be an emotional sounding board. Try to talk with them on the way to school or in between classes. Also, sit with them in the cafeteria, so they do not feel alone. If you are on the bus with the person, sit with them there too. Be a presence for them so that when bullying occurs, you will be there to stand up for them.

If the situation becomes dangerous, and it is possible that someone will get hurt, leave and go quickly get an adult. You can also encourage others to support the person being bullied. As soon as you see bullying occur, let others know that it’s not right. Always reassure the person being bullied that it isn’t their fault.

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When someone bullies you, you should not feel bad about yourself. You are being bullied because you seem to be an easy target. A bully is someone who puts other people down so that he/she can start to feel better. You should not give the bully the satisfaction of showing how affected you are with the bullying.

Talk to people about it. It is very likely that you will be given advice on the things that you should do to prevent the bullying from ever happening again. Take note also that you do not deserve to be bullied. There are some people who let it happen because they begin to feel that they deserve it. You don’t. Nobody has the right to make you feel less of the great person that you are.

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